Locals compete in Cross Country Championships – Mount Airy News

Surry Central’s Ignacio Morales, seen here competing in the Foothills 2A Conference Championship, finished No. 15 at the 2A State Championship on Saturday.
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Millennium Charter freshman Ruby Hoerter, right, competes in a cross country meet at Fisher River Park.
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North Surry’s Callie Allen, left, and Surry Central’s Rubi Cortes-Rubi run stride-for-stride at Veteran’s Memorial Park.
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East Surry’s Cooper Motsinger runs the final stretch of the 5,000-meter run at Veteran’s Memorial Park.
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KERNERSVILLE — Millennium Charter Academy, North Surry, East Surry and Surry Central high schools all sent representatives to the Cross Country State Championship Meet on Saturday.
The meet took place at the Ivey Redmon Sports Complex and was divided up by division. The 1A/3A divisions ran in the morning, and the 2A/4A divisions raced that afternoon.
1A Girls
Only three Surry County student-athletes competed in the 1A Championship, and all three ran in the girls race.
Millennium’s Ruby Hoerter qualified for the 1A State Championship by finishing 19th in the 1A Midwest Regional. She was one of 132 girls to qualify for the state meet, and only 29 of those were freshman.
Hoerter finished the 5,000-meter race No. 99 with a time of 25:27.29.
Both of the other Surry County runners in the 1A Championship came from Elkin. Sophomore Ragan Speer finished No. 34 with a time of 22:27.14, and senior Ava Bledsoe finished No. 37 at 22:38.65.
Swain County’s Arizona Blankenship won the State Championship with a time of 19:06.19.
2A Girls
Surry Central, North Surry and East Surry combined to put 10 runners in the 2A Girls State Championship.
Surry Central sophomore Yeira Munoz led the Surry County girls by finishing No. 19 out of 133 runners. Munoz had a time of 21:09.20, and just behind her was North Surry senior Callie Allen. Allen finished No. 21 with a time of 21:12.97.
Rubi Cortes-Rosa, a Surry Central freshman, finished No. 25 with a time of 21:21.60. The next local competitor to finish was East Surry freshman Addison Goins, who finished No. 40 at 21:55.64.
Rounding out Surry Central’s top five finishers were: junior Abigail Hernandez at 22:27.72 (No. 49), sophomore Andrea Gonzalez at 23:03.32 (No. 62) and sophomore Lanie Fitzgerald at 23:10.50 (No. 69). These five finishes gave the Golden Eagles 158 points, good enough for sixth place in the state.
Next to finish was North Surry senior Weatherly Reeves. Reeves finished No. 78 with a time of 23:29.92.
Surry Central sophomore Ella Priddy and junior Wendy Cantor wrapped up the Eagles’ seven competitors in the race. Priddy finished No. 89 with a time of 23:40.08, and Cantor finished No. 120 with a time of 26:35.41.
Brevard’s Lucy Murray won the State Championship with a time of 19:26.50.
2A Boys
Six of seven local boys in the 2A race were from Surry Central. The Eagles finished No. 11 as a team thanks to their top five finishes.
Sophomore Ignacio Morales was the top Surry County finisher, taking the No. 15 spot at 17:34.51. Morales had the highest finish of any sophomore in the race.
East Surry senior Cooper Motsinger ran the first two miles of the 3.1 mile race on pace for a new personal best time. However, Motsinger was slowed down by an ankle injury. He still finished the race, posting a time of 23:43.85.
For comparison, Motsinger finished second in the Foothills 2A Conference Championship and was within eight seconds of Morales.
Freshman Brangly Mazariegos followed Morales at No. 70 with a time of 18:57.39.
Senior Sebastian Sanchez was next at No. 92 with a time of 19:27.31, followed by No. 99 Charlie Hernandez, a senior, at 19:39.06, No. 125 Alexis Pedraza, a freshman, at 21:34.81, and No. 128 Isaac Eller, a freshman, at 22:12.77.
Brevard’s Knox Witherspoon won the State Championship with a time of 16:17.70.
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November 09, 2021
KERNERSVILLE — Millennium Charter Academy, North Surry, East Surry and Surry Central high schools all sent representatives to the Cross Country State Championship Meet on Saturday.
The meet took place at the Ivey Redmon Sports Complex and was divided up by division. The 1A/3A divisions ran in the morning, and the 2A/4A divisions raced that afternoon.
1A Girls
Only three Surry County student-athletes competed in the 1A Championship, and all three ran in the girls race.
Millennium’s Ruby Hoerter qualified for the 1A State Championship by finishing 19th in the 1A Midwest Regional. She was one of 132 girls to qualify for the state meet, and only 29 of those were freshman.
Hoerter finished the 5,000-meter race No. 99 with a time of 25:27.29.
Both of the other Surry County runners in the 1A Championship came from Elkin. Sophomore Ragan Speer finished No. 34 with a time of 22:27.14, and senior Ava Bledsoe finished No. 37 at 22:38.65.
Swain County’s Arizona Blankenship won the State Championship with a time of 19:06.19.
2A Girls
Surry Central, North Surry and East Surry combined to put 10 runners in the 2A Girls State Championship.
Surry Central sophomore Yeira Munoz led the Surry County girls by finishing No. 19 out of 133 runners. Munoz had a time of 21:09.20, and just behind her was North Surry senior Callie Allen. Allen finished No. 21 with a time of 21:12.97.
Rubi Cortes-Rosa, a Surry Central freshman, finished No. 25 with a time of 21:21.60. The next local competitor to finish was East Surry freshman Addison Goins, who finished No. 40 at 21:55.64.
Rounding out Surry Central’s top five finishers were: junior Abigail Hernandez at 22:27.72 (No. 49), sophomore Andrea Gonzalez at 23:03.32 (No. 62) and sophomore Lanie Fitzgerald at 23:10.50 (No. 69). These five finishes gave the Golden Eagles 158 points, good enough for sixth place in the state.
Next to finish was North Surry senior Weatherly Reeves. Reeves finished No. 78 with a time of 23:29.92.
Surry Central sophomore Ella Priddy and junior Wendy Cantor wrapped up the Eagles’ seven competitors in the race. Priddy finished No. 89 with a time of 23:40.08, and Cantor finished No. 120 with a time of 26:35.41.
Brevard’s Lucy Murray won the State Championship with a time of 19:26.50.
2A Boys
Six of seven local boys in the 2A race were from Surry Central. The Eagles finished No. 11 as a team thanks to their top five finishes.
Sophomore Ignacio Morales was the top Surry County finisher, taking the No. 15 spot at 17:34.51. Morales had the highest finish of any sophomore in the race.
East Surry senior Cooper Motsinger ran the first two miles of the 3.1 mile race on pace for a new personal best time. However, Motsinger was slowed down by an ankle injury. He still finished the race, posting a time of 23:43.85.
For comparison, Motsinger finished second in the Foothills 2A Conference Championship and was within eight seconds of Morales.
Freshman Brangly Mazariegos followed Morales at No. 70 with a time of 18:57.39.
Senior Sebastian Sanchez was next at No. 92 with a time of 19:27.31, followed by No. 99 Charlie Hernandez, a senior, at 19:39.06, No. 125 Alexis Pedraza, a freshman, at 21:34.81, and No. 128 Isaac Eller, a freshman, at 22:12.77.
Brevard’s Knox Witherspoon won the State Championship with a time of 16:17.70.
November 09, 2021
WILMINGTON — Surry Community College volleyball was well-represented on the recently announced All-Region volleyball teams for Region 10.
The Lady Knights had four All-Region selections: Anna Stevens, Colby Crater, Abigail Johnson and Michelle Thao. Thao was named Player of the Year for both Region 10’s Western Division and the Region overall.
“I am very proud of all of our selections,” said Surry head coach Caleb Gilley. “It is a nice reward for their hard work and commitment.”
Surry Community finished the season 25-4 overall. Surry claimed the Region 10 Western Division Regular Season Championship, but fell in the semifinals of the conference tournament.
Michelle Thao
Thao, a graduate of Fred T. Foard high school, was stellar for the Lady Knights this season.
The First-Team All-Region freshman finished second in Region 10 in three statistical categories. Thao recorded 344 kills, 3.74 kills per set and 4.4 points per set. The outside hitter also finished fourth in the Region with 370 digs, fifth with 4.02 digs per set, seventh in hitting percentage with a .292 average and 11th in service aces with 42.
“Michelle had a great freshman season all around, and really was someone that other teams always had at the top of their scouting reports and had to game-plan to try and slow down,” said Gilley.
Thao was named the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Offensive Player of the Week in Division II volleyball for September 20-26.
Colby Crater
Crater (Forbush HS) was named First-Team All-Region.
The sophomore middle hitter led Region 10 in hitting percentage at .479 and total blocks with 81. Crater ranked third in blocks per set at 0.95, 13th in kills with 215 and 15th in kills per set at 2.53. She also contributed 33 service aces on the season.
“Colby consistently had one of the highest hitting percentages in the conference as well as the entire country,” Gilley said.
Abigail Johnson
Johnson (Surry Central HS) was named First-Team All-Region in her second season with the Lady Knights.
The libero finished third in Region 10 with 408 digs while averaging 4.25 digs per set. Johnson also added 21 service aces for the Lady Knights.
“Abigail improved so much from year one to year two, and was a steady defender for us all season,” Gilley said.
Anna Stevens
Stevens (Oak Grove HS) was selected to the All-Region Second-Team.
The freshman setter led Region 10 in assists with 861, averaging 9.06 assists per game which ranked second in the league. Stevens also ranked 13th in Region 10 with 40 service aces on the season.
“Anna had a great freshman season leading the conference in assists, and really did a good job of running our offense,” said Gilley.
November 08, 2021
Mount Airy put down a resilient Uwharrie Charter team on Monday to advance to the Elite Eight of the 1A State Playoffs.
The Bears had another explosive start, scoring their first goal before many of the fans were settled into their seats. Sergio Garcia scored just 34 seconds into the first half, but the Eagles evened the score just a few minutes later. Elkin Lopez scored twice in the first half to put Mount Airy up at the half.
Uwharrie Charter struck early in the second half to cut the Mount Airy lead to 3-2. Angel Osorno scored to give the Bears some breathing room at 4-2, then Mount Airy held Uwharrie off as the Eagles failed to close the gap with just nine players left on the field.
“I thought we had a really good performance tonight,” said Bears coach Will Hurley. “I just think that we set the pace right off the bat with that 30-second goal. I have to give them (Uwharrie) credit; I didn’t think they would let up and they never did.
“I knew that if we kept playing like we’re capable of playing we could do it. I think it was a pretty good game overall.”
Uwharrie Charter (12-4-1) is the first conference champion that Mount Airy has faced in the postseason. The Eagles won the Piedmont Athletic 1A/2A Conference with a 9-2-1 record.
Before Monday, Uwharrie had not allowed more than three goals in a single match all season, and only two teams managed that feat. Mount Airy, meanwhile, has scored four or more goals in 21 of its 25 matches this season.
Mount Airy’s 153 goals this season are the second in the state and fifth in the nation according to MaxPreps.
The first of these goals was Garcia’s lightning-fast strike. It was the first of three first-half goals for the Bears and the first of eight first-half shots.
The Eagles were able to even things up in the sixth minute on a penalty kick. Jordan Harrison heaved a throw-in over Mount Airy’s back line for teammate Brady Mowers to chase down. The Bears’ Carter Bray made a challenge for the ball but was called for a foul inside the box and presented a yellow card. Keeper Edwin Ramirez guessed correctly on the direction of the PK taken by Danny Palma, but the shot was placed just out reach.
It was less than four minutes later that Lopez got his first of two goals. The Granite Bear junior cut to his right just outside the 18-yard box and fired a laser beam past the keeper.
Uwharrie Charter was able to possess the ball well in the midfield, but struggled to penetrate Mount Airy’s back line. As a result, the only shot the Eagles had in the first half – other than the PK – was a header from Mowers that was saved by Ramirez.
Lopez, Garcia, Osorno and Adrian Rodriguez each had shots for Mount Airy in the first half. It wasn’t until the 36th minute that Lopez notched his second goal of the game, which came from a header on an assist from Noah Hart that Hurley called “beautiful.”
Lopez’s 45 goals this season are the most in the 1A division, fourth-most in N.C. among all divisions and tied for 34th in the nation.
Uwharrie Charter matched its first-half shot total in the first eight minutes of the second half. Carlos Parroquin’s shot in the 46th minute was saved by Ramirez, but Joseph Phetmixay found the back of the net in the 48th minute to make it 3-2.
“I think they get too comfortable,” said Hurley when talking about the Bears giving up early second-half goals in its last two matches.
“The one positive thing that comes from that goal they scored in the second half is that I can use that as an example, you know. Say, “this is what happens when you come out like that.’”
Hurley called the next few minutes “nerve-racking” as the Bears staved off an assault by the Eagles. The coach was calmed down in the 50th minute when Osorno sent a screamer from 35 yards out into the Eagles’ goal on a free kick.
“I’m really glad we got that free kick when we did,” Hurley said. “It let me breathe a little easier.”
Shortly after Osorno’s goal, Phetmixay picked up a yellow card. The senior would later pick up his second yellow to receive a red card. Uwharrie Charter’s Palma also received two yellow cards to leave the Eagles with just eight field players and a goalie.
The Bears had opportunities to extend the lead but couldn’t convert. The important thing was that Mount Airy didn’t allow another Uwharrie goal, giving the home team its 25th consecutive win.
“I’m really proud of how the kids played,” Hurley said. “I saw some things we can work on, but those are easy fixes. I think we’re going to have to communicate a little more, and the midfield is going to have to work harder this next game. Scoring-wise I thought we were on.”
The competition has increased each round of the playoffs, but this is no surprise to Hurley and the Bears. By winning Monday’s match, Mount Airy will make its third appearance in the Elite Eight in the past five seasons.
Only four teams remain in the 1A West. On the top half of the bracket, No. 1 Christ the King Catholic High School (19-1) will host No. 4 Gray Stone Day (18-4). On the bottom half, No. 2 Mount Airy (25-0) will host No. 10 Langtree Charter (11-7-1). That match is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 11.
Langtree reached the Elite Eight by defeating No. 23 Thomasville 6-0, No. 7 Corvian Community 6-2 and No. 18 Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy 4-2.
November 06, 2021
BURLINGTON — All eyes were on court No. 4 at the Burlington Tennis Complex.
The Mount Airy fans had a front row seat as Audrey Marion, who led 5-1 in the second set of her singles match, scored the final four points of the 2021-22 season. When the ball hit the pavement for the last time, the Granite Bear players stormed the court and surrounded Marion.
Mount Airy had just won the 1A Dual Team State Championship in convincing fashion. Coach Luke Graham stood by the fence and was overcome with emotion after witnessing what he called “a dream come true.”
“When that match ended, I just had a whirlwind of emotion reflecting on the times we had over the course of the season,” Graham said. “But most importantly and primarily I was just proud of the girls and so happy for them. This has been such an amazing experience, and what an accomplishment for this team.”
Mount Airy swept the Chatham Charter Knights 5-0 to win the Bears’ first dual team state championship since 2013. Results for singles were:
No. 1 Carrie Marion (MA) def. Elphie Spillman 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 Ella Brant (MA) def. Emery Eldridge 6-3, 6-0
No. 3 Kancie Tate (MA) def. Ashlyn Hart 6-2, 6-4
No. 4 Audrey Marion (MA) def. Lorelei Byrd 6-2, 6-1
No. 5 Charlotte Hauser (MA) def. Rebecca Brookshire 6-4, 6-1
Mount Airy’s Lily Morris led Emily Stecher 6-2, 5-4 when Audrey Marion scored the decisive win. Morris was more than okay with not finishing her match, instead being thrilled to join her team in celebrating.
Mount Airy finishes the year 22-0 in dual team competition.
“Being a graduate of Mount Airy High School, Coming back as a coach to the place where you competed as a student-athlete is incredibly special,” Graham said. “Throughout the season, their results, combined with their development, improvement in skill and chemistry just kept reinforcing to me that there’s no substitute for hard work.
“They sacrificed so much time, but I hope they can now appreciate with what they collectively earned today what can be achieved through the repetition of grinding toward a goal.”
The Bears started the year with the goal of reaching the state championship, but knew it was going to happen all at once. It was going to take work. You don’t take home hardware in November if you don’t put in the time in August.
“I would hear talk of the possibility that people think you’re going to win states, but try to block that out to a degree,” Graham said. “Instead, we focused on practice every day and took the season one match at a time. It’s ridiculously hard to win a state championship. You have to have talent, you have to stay healthy, you have to maintain focus and motivation and you probably have to get a little lucky at some point. For them to be able to accomplish that over the course of an entire season says a lot about the character of our girls.”
In Mount Airy’s 22 dual team wins this season, the Lady Bears won 168 individual matches while only losing nine. Of the nine: six were against teams in high divisions, two were in the West Regional Final against the No. 2-ranked team in the state and only was came in the regular season.
The Bears also won the Northwest 1A Conference Championship, had players win the singles and doubles Regional Championships, and – just one week before the dual team finals – Brant and Carrie Marion won the 1A State Doubles Championship.
“It was amazing and overwhelming to win with this group of girls,” Graham said. “Our tennis community is pretty tight knit, so I’ve been aware of or known the majority of them since they were kids. To watch their development and their growth, especially the last couple years, makes the journey and the accomplishment so much more rewarding and meaningful.”
Of course, behind every successful team is a passionate fan base willing to cheer the team in the cold at 9:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning.
“We had a lot of support from our families along the way, but it was really amazing to see the support today from extended family, students and staff,” Graham said. “It is so sincerely appreciated by myself and our team, and I think reinforces how special of an accomplishment this truly was by our team.”
Mount Airy will return all eight players from the championship roster.
November 06, 2021
North Surry High School had to get creative last school year when brainstorming ways to honor its exceptional student-athletes.
When Amelia York qualified for the 2A State Championship Cross Country Meet in January 2021, Dr. Paige Badgett and the Greyhounds threw an outdoor pep rally to recognize York while adhering to social distancing guidelines. This tradition caught on, and North Surry went on to hold similar pep rallies for state championship qualifiers in sports such as swimming and golf.
Things came full circle Friday when North Surry once again honored its state qualifiers for cross country: Callie Allen and Weatherly Reeves.
“I think it’s awesome that North Surry holds pep rallies for all their state championship qualifying athletes,” said cross country coach Joey Slate. “It’s an opportunity for these student-athletes to realize their accomplishment and feel the support of their school behind them.”
The Greyhound Marching Band and Cheerleading Squad performed for the student body at the pep rally. The cheerleaders chanted: “Keep the pace! All the way! Don’t stop ‘til you win states!”
When York, a member of the class of 2021, qualified for states she was the first runner, male or female, from North to do so in five years. Slate said at York’s pep rally that he didn’t even remember the last time the school sent a female runner to the state championship.
Now, the Greyhounds have sent three such runners in the span of 11 months. York returned to the school to support Reeves and Allen at the pep rally.
“It feels great as a coach to see the plans you’ve put together for these athletes come together, and watch them develop their endurance and speed through all the hard work they put in,” Slate said. “I’m extremely excited for each of the young ladies to make it to the state championship, and also for North Surry, because it shows our cross country program is moving in the right direction.”
Training for this cross country season started over the summer. Slate said the boys and girls teams endured rigorous training both in the preseason and 5-6 days a week once the season started. The training includes a combination of speed work, hill work, intervals and distance running to prepare competitors for the 5,000-meter run.
Reeves and Allen come into the state championship having traveled very different journeys.
“Weatherly has performed very well consistently the last three years she’s been on the team,” Slate said. “She has progressed from a 26+ minute middle of the pack runner to finishing 13th in the region with a personal record at the regional meet. She is a hard worker and a natural leader that the other team members look up to.
“This is Callie’s first year of cross country, and what I wouldn’t have given to have had her all four years I’ve been coaching for North Surry. I knew she was a good athlete because she played soccer, volleyball and basketball, but I had no idea what kind of distance runner she could be. I guess I was surprised, but not surprised at the same time, at what a great runner she is. She is just scratching the surface of her potential.”
Allen won the Foothills 2A Conference Championship with a 5,000-meter time of 20:59.96. Reeves finished 11th in the conference championship with a time of 22:54.18.
At the 2A Midwest Regional, Allen finished fourth overall with a time of 21:33.77 and Reeves took 13th with a new career-best time of 22:49.71.
Both girls look to have strong outings at the state championship meet. With the Greyhound community behind them, all Allen and Reeves need to do is heed the advice of Dr. Badgett:
“Run fast and don’t get lost.”
November 06, 2021
Mount Airy opened the 1A State Football Playoffs with an overwhelmingly lopsided victory over Union Academy.
The Granite Bears cruised to 11-0 on the season by defeating the Union Academy Cardinals 75-0. The 2021 Bears break an 87-year-old school record by picking up their eighth shutout of the season. The record of seven shutouts in a season was originally set in 1934 and tied in 1968.
The Bears came close to breaking the school records for points in a half (63) and points scored in a playoff game (79), but fell just short. Friday’s win was also the 10th game in school history in which Mount Airy scored at least 70 points.
Mount Airy saw contributions across the board in the team’s first playoff win since 2018: eight players rushed at least two times and no Bears player rushed more than five times, the team’s seven rushing touchdowns were scored by six different players and Ian Gallimore’s two passing touchdowns each went to different players.
The offense finished with 450 total yards, consisting of 357 yards rushing and 93 yards passing.
The predominantly rushing offense surpassed the 350-yard mark for just the second time this season. The Bears also tied a season high of seven rushing touchdowns.
Tyler Mason was the only Mount Airy player to score two rushing touchdowns: one went for 52 yards and the other 15 yards. Josh Penn, Ian Gallimore, Caleb Reid, Traven Thompson and Brison George each rushed for one touchdown.
Thompson and George each had five carries, with Thompson going for 50 yards and George rushing for 15. Penn rushed twice for 83 yards, Reid rushed twice for 63 yards and Gallimore rushed twice for 35 yards. Nas Lemon rushed three times for 42 yards, and Logan Barker added three rushes for three yards.
Gallimore finished a perfect 4-of-4 passing for his 93 yards. This is the third game of the season in which Gallimore completed 100 percent of his passes.
Mario Revels had two receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown, Zeb Stroup had a 31-yard touchdown receptions and Walker Stroup had one reception for four yards. Walker Stroup also finished 9-of-11 on PATs.
In addition to Mount Airy’s nine offensive touchdowns, the Bears also converted two touchdowns on defense.
On the first play of a Union Academy (0-11) drive in the first quarter, Walker Stroup snatched an interception and ran it 24 yards to the house. After the ensuing Mount Airy kickoff, the Cardinals ran two running plays before attempting to pass again. This pass was intercepted by Payton Fonville and returned 20 yards for a touchdown.
As if things weren’t already bad enough for Union Academy, the first play of the next drive resulted in a fumble that was recovered by Mount Airy’s Reece Deaton. The Granite Bears scored two plays later to cap off a 41-point first quarter.
Union Academy finished the game in the red for total yards. The Cardinals rushed 28 times for a loss of 59 yards, but completed six passes for a gain of 34 yards to bring their total yards for the game to -25.
Just 32 teams remain in the 1A State Playoffs, and that number will be cut in half in a week’s time. The No. 2 Bears will host No. 15 East Wilkes on Nov. 12. East Wilkes (5-6) defeated No. 18 North Stokes 24-0 in the first round of the playoffs.
Mount Airy defeated East Wilkes 45-6 during the regular season.
Scoring
Union Academy – 0, 0, 0, 0 = 0
Mount Airy – 41, 20, 7, 7 = 75
1Q
9:22 MAHS 7-0 – Ian Gallimore pass to Zeb Stroup 31-yard TD reception, Walker Stroup PAT
6:46 MAHS 14-0 – Josh Penn 81-yard rushing TD, Walker Stroup PAT
3:27 MAHS 21-0 – Tyler Mason 52-yard rushing TD, Walker Stroup PAT
3:16 MAHS 28-0 – Walker Stroup interception returned 24 yards for a touchdown, Walker Stroup PAT
1:45 MAHS 34-0 – Payton Fonville interception returned 20 yards for a touchdown, PAT no good
0:47 MAHS 41-0 – Tyler Mason 15-yard rushing TD, Walker Stroup PAT
2Q
8:44 MAHS 48-0 – Ian Gallimore pass to Mario Revels 48-yard TD reception, Walker Stroup PAT
6:50 MAHS 54-0 – Ian Gallimore 33-yard rushing TD, PAT no good
5:02 MAHS 61-0 – Caleb Reid 52-yard rushing TD, Walker Stroup PAT
3Q
8:12 MAHS 68-0 – Traven Thompson 54-yard rushing TD, Walker Stroup PAT
4Q
8:12 MAHS 75-0 – Brison George 3-yard rushing TD, Walker Stroup PAT
Mount Airy football historian Doug McDaniel contributed to this article
November 05, 2021
There’s a reason Will Hurley keeps the Mount Airy soccer record book in pencil and not with a permanent marker.
Throughout the last decade, Hurley’s boys soccer teams have constantly raised the bar by doing things that seemed previously seemed impossible. The word “historic” gets tossed around a lot when discussing the Bears’ program because, over the years, the teams continue to break record after record. One such record deals with wins in a single season.
On Nov. 6, 2013, Mount Airy defeated East Montgomery in the third round of the 1A State Playoffs to win its 22nd match of the season. This shattered the single-season win total for all previous Bears soccer seasons.
Four years later on Nov. 11, 2017, the Bears defeated Pine Lake Prep in the 1A West Regional Semifinal to record historic win No. 23. Mount Airy matched this success two years later by defeating Bishop McGuinness in the 1A West Regional Semifinal on Nov. 15, 2019.
Now, close to two years after tying the record for wins in a season, that bar has been raised once again. On Nov. 4, 2021, Mount Airy defeated Piedmont Community Charter 7-1 to improve to 24-0 on the season. The Bears currently lead the state in wins this season and, with the win, advance to the Sweet 16 of the 1A State Playoffs.
“Man, it feels awesome,” said Bears coach Will Hurley. “It really does. I’m just so proud of the kids. We have so many young kids it’s hard for them to understand that you can’t always do this.”
The record-breaking win came in dominant fashion as the No. 3-ranked Bears scored six first-half goals against the No. 14-ranked Patriots. For comparison, Piedmont Community Charter came into Thursday’s match having only given up 17 goals in 18 matches (.94 average) and only gave up more than two goals in a single game once.
“The first half for us was awesome,” Hurley said. “We came out smoking like we should. It was a good thing to see.”
Across Mount Airy’s last two matches of the regular season and first match of the playoffs, 69.2% of the Bears’ goals scored came in the second half.
“I kept telling them ‘You can’t wait until the second half, because you’re going to face better teams as you go along,’ so I was glad to see they responded and put this one out of reach early,” Hurley said.
Mount Airy fired 17 shots in the first 40 minutes of play on Thursday. The first came just 35 seconds after the opening whistle: Elkin Lopez crossed from the right side to a wide open Sergio Garcia by the far post, and Garcia used his head to redirect a shot that ricocheted off said post.
Lopez attempted two more shots before the Bears’ first goal, which came in the 7th minute. Garcia took a corner kick from the Mount Airy sideline and it was finished off by Saeed Saavedra.
Saavedra found himself in the crowded 18-yard box of PCC (14-4-1) in the 12th minute. Instead of forcing a shot that likely wouldn’t make it through the minefield of defenders, Saavedra passed back to Noah Hart. Hart floated a cross into the box for Angel Osorno to head in.
Garcia got his second assist of the night with the Bears’ third goal. After bolting to the corner flag, Garcia turned and crossed to Lopez at the top of the 18. Lopez settled and sent a screamer into the back of the net in the 14th minute.
The Garcia-Osorno connection added Mount Airy’s fourth goal in the 23rd minute, then Lopez assisted Osorno’s third goal of the game in the 28th minute. Then, the sixth goal of the half came when Garcia made a sliding cross along the front of the goal in the 35th minute.
Just as it looked like no Bear or Patriot player would be able to finish the pass off, Granite Bear freshman Adrian Rodriguez slid in to score his first goal of the match. Rodriguez’s goal capped off a six-goal half.
Mount Airy’s lightning-fast start in the first half was not replicated to start the second half. Instead, Piedmont Community Charter got on the scoreboard with a goal in the 45th minute. Following the Patriots’ goal, Hurley shouted to his players, posing the question of, “Y’all going to play now.”
The Bears got back on track and held PCC to just two more shots in the second half. Both shots were on target, but saved by Mount Airy’s Edwin Ramirez.
The fifth and final Granite Bear goal was scored by Rodriguez on an assist from Garcia in the 65th minute.
Most of the 1A division completed the second round of playoffs on Thursday. Fifteen of the Sweet 16 teams have been decided, with the final one scheduled to be decided Friday afternoon.
Of the 17 1A teams still playing, 12 are Charter or Private schools. Mount Airy is one of two traditional public schools remaining in the 1A West.
No. 3 Mount Airy hosts its Sweet 16 matchup against No. 6 Uwharrie Charter on Nov. 8. Uwharrie (12-3-1) won the Piedmont Athletic 1A/2A Conference and reached the third round by defeating No. 27 Avery County 5-0 and No. 11 Carver 2-1.
“I keep telling the guys how at most there are just a few more weeks left,” Hurley said. “You’ve got to hold on and give everything you’ve got. None of these teams have anything to lose. They’re going to try and come out and beat the undefeated team, so hopefully we can continue. I know it’s going to get a lot tougher as we go along.”
November 04, 2021
Millennium Charter Academy and Mount Airy each competed in a 1A Regional Cross Country Championship last weekend.
Millennium took part in the N.C. High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) 1A Midwest Regionals at Kernersville’s Ivey Redmon Sports Complex, and Mount Airy competed in the NCHSAA 1A West Regionals at Kituwah Mound in Bryson City.
MCA freshman Ruby Hoerter made history at the Oct. 30 meet. Hoerter, who ran the 5,000 meters in 23:59.98, became the first runner from Millennium to qualify for the State Championship Meet. She finished in 19th out of 89 total runners.
This year’s 1A State Championship will take place at Ivey Redmon on Saturday, Nov. 6. Hoerter is the only runner from either school to qualify for the 1A State Championship.
Millennium also had six boys compete in the Midwest 1A Regional. Senior Calvin Devore led the Lions with a 5K time of 19:43.05 and finished in 32nd out of 94 runners.
Behind Calvin was fellow senior Hartley Devore. Hartley finished 58th with a time of 21:15.53. Junior Ford Holmes was next in 65th with a time of 21:41.41, followed by Junior Nicholas Johnson in 72nd at 22:41.87, Junior Eric Sorrell in 78th at 24:09.63 and freshman Lane Reese in 84th at 25:10.76.
The Lions boys finished 11th in the team competition.
Mount Airy had three boys and one girl compete in the 1A West Regionals.
For the boys, sophomore Caden Ratcliff led the Granite Bears with a time of 18:46.73. This was good enough for 33rd place out of 121 runners.
Behind Ratcliff were freshman Declan Conner and Alex Leiva. Conner finished 37th with a time of 18:56.38, and Leiva finished 113th with a time of 25:32.50.
Ali Arnder was the only Lady Granite Bear to compete at Regionals. Arnder finished 54th out of 89 runners with a 5,000-meters time of 24:44.98.
November 04, 2021
WILMINGTON — The Surry Community College volleyball team’s historic season came to end Saturday.
Surry fell to Richard Bland College in the semifinals of the Region 10 Tournament 3-2. The Lady Knights finished the season with an overall record on 25-4 while being nationally ranked in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II poll for much of the season.
Surry dropped the first set to the Lady Statesmen 25-23 before rebounding to take the second set 25-22. The Lady Knights went up 2-1 with a 25-21 decision in the third set.
Richard Bland battled back to take the fourth set 25-20 and force a deciding fifth set. In a back-and-forth final set, the Lady Knights came up just short as the Statemen prevailed 17-15.
Camilla Garner (Southwest Guilford High School) led Surry with 23 kills, while Michelle Thao (Fred T. Foard HS) added 13 kills. Setter Anna Stevens (Oak Grove HS) dished out a game-high 41 assists for the Lady Knights.
Thao led Surry on defense with 23 digs, while Stevens recorded 14 digs, Natalie Eaton (North Surry HS) added 13 digs while teammate Abigail Johnson (Surry Central HS) had 12 digs.
Colby Crater (Forbush HS) led the Lady Knights with two blocks.
Surry finished the season with a school record 25 wins along with capturing the Region 10 Western Division Championship.
November 04, 2021
PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry’s volleyball season came to an end Tuesday as the Cardinals fell 3-2 in the 2A West Regional Final.
In their first season following a promotion to the 2A division, the No. 1-ranked Cardinals collided with No. 2-ranked Southwestern Randolph. The visiting Cougars are also in their first season in the 2A division after dropping from 3A.
East Surry was pushed to five sets for just the second time this season in a back-and-forth thriller. The Cardinals won the first set 25-21, dropped the next two sets 26-28 and 20-25, then won the fourth set 25-20.
Southwest Randolph clinched the West Regional Championship by winning the decisive fifth set 15-12.
“I thought we put up a really good fight,” said East Surry coach Katelyn Markle. “We made Randolph fight and earn their spot [in the state championship] on Saturday. I’m sad for our seniors, but I told them to keep their heads up because we had a great season. I don’t want the outcome of this match to overshadow all the accomplishments they had this year.”
East Surry finishes the season 26-2. The loss to Southwestern Randolph (27-5) was East’s first loss to a 2A team since being promoted to the division, with the Cards other loss coming to 4A Davie.
The Cardinals’ incredible season included: a 16-0 start in which the Cards only lost a combined seven sets, an undefeated 12-0 conference campaign to win the Foothills 2A Conference Regular Season Title, the school’s eighth-consecutive conference tournament championship, senior Kylie Bruner being named FH2A Tournament MVP and Markle being named FH2A Coach of the Year.
“This season was a lot of fun to be a part of,” Markle said. “I asked the girls at the beginning of the season what goals they had for the team and themselves. They said they wanted to win conference and they made it happen. They said make a deep run in playoffs and made it happen. What more can you ask when you have a team willing to leave it all out there on the court?
“I couldn’t be prouder. Anytime Kacie or I asked them to make a change, whether in practice or a game, they would do it. We had a very special group this year. It was an honor to coach these girls and see them grow as young women off the court as well.”
The Cardinals knew they were in for a battle against the Cougars. Southwestern Randolph spent most of the year jockeying with East Surry for MaxPreps’ top spot in the 2A West with an impressive resume of its own.
The Cougars only lost two matches to fellow 2A during the regular season. Southwestern Randolph got revenge for both of those losses (3-1 vs. McMichael, 3-1 vs. West Stanly) by defeating West Stanly in the third round of the playoffs 3-0, then beating McMichael 3-1 in the fourth round.
Southwestern Randolph won 12-straight matches at one point in the season and went undefeated in the Piedmont Athletic 1A/2A Conference. The Cougars did lose to Uwharrie Charter in the Conference Tournament.
“We knew they were very scrappy defensive team and that it going to be hard for us to put balls away,” Markle said. “Even though the defense was as good as it was, we still put balls away when we needed to in the first and fourth sets. We started to come back in the fifth, but a couple of things just didn’t go our way.”
The Cardinals and Cougars were evenly matched out of the gate. The teams were tied up for seven times in the opening set, and all seven came before either team reached nine points. East Surry went up 9-8 and never surrendered the lead.
Southwestern Randolph cut the lead to 13-12 with a kill from senior outside hitter Payton Shiflet. A service error committed by the Cougars gave the serve back to the Cards who then went on a 6-1 run. The teams traded points for the rest of the set, but East’s big run was the difference-maker as the Cards held on to win 25-21.
East Surry’s only leads of the second set came at 1-0 and 4-3. Southwestern Randolph took a 6-6 tie and turned it into an 11-6 lead with five consecutive points. East’s Merry Parker Boaz and Kate Parks combined for four kills on the five points after the Cougars’ run to make it a three-point game. Kylie Bruner and Bella Hutchens got going on offense as well to cut the lead to 14-13.
East wasn’t able to take over the lead again due to four-straight points by Southwestern Randolph. The Cougars went on to win the set 25-19.
The third set was a heartbreaker for East Surry. The lead only changed hands twice in the set: the first was when East responded to a 1-0 deficit by scoring the next three points, and the second was when Southwestern Randolph rattled off four points back-to-back-to-back-to-back to turn a 24-21 deficit into a 25-24 lead.
The Cardinals fought all set to keep their lead alive. At one point, Bruner nearly landed in the stands to extend a rally. This wasn’t enough, though, as Southwestern Randolph won the set 28-26.
East Surry entered survival mode down two sets to one. Like the third set, the lead only changed hands twice in the fourth. The Cardinals scored first, the Cougars responded to go up 2-1 then the Cards regained the lead and went up 3-2. East Surry led for the remainder of the set.
It was here that the East Surry defensive play shined the brightest. The front row did its best to block or disrupt attacks from Shiflet and Josie Allred, who came alive late in the match, and the back row dove all over the place to keep rallies going. It was here that East’s libero, Samarin Kipple, had some digs Markle called “unbelievable.”
The Cardinals were fueled in the do-or-die set by a packed gymnasium full of electrified fans – which is a stark contrast to last season when only 25 fans were allowed at each match.
“For those kids, the sophomores and freshman, they’ve never played in front of a crowd like that, and for them to not crack under pressure or fold like they easily could’ve was amazing,” Markle said. “The girls stepped up and played their hearts out. It didn’t go in our favor and that’s disappointing, but I’m not disappointed in them or their effort one bit.”
The Cardinal crowd reached its loudest point late in the fourth set. East Surry led 20-17 when the teams engaged in the longest rally of the match. After countless close calls, the Cardinals put it away with a Hutchens kill that bounced off the head of a Cougar player.
Hutchens set a new East Surry school record of 41 kills in the match.
The fifth set featured just as much drama as the four previous ones. There were three lead changes before either team reached six points, and it was a one-point game up until 8-7.
Shiflet picked up another one of her team-high 34 kills to put the Cougars up 9-7. Hutchens responded with a kill of her own near the back-right corner, but it was called out by the line judge. On the next play, Southwestern Randolph committed an attack error by hitting out of bounds as indicated by the line judge. As the Cardinals celebrated and got in formation to serve, the first referee indicated that East Surry committed a violation and that the point was award to Southwestern Randolph.
East managed to regain serve to cut the lead to 11-8, but Southwestern Randolph scored three of the next four points to go up 14-9. The Cardinals continued to battle and won the next three points. It was a 14-12 game when Allred recorded her 16th kill of the night to seal the Cougars’ victory.
Markle said the loss really stings, but hopes the girls will be able to look back and appreciate the season for the incredible journey it was.
“This team has gotten along and just meshed together better than any team I’ve ever been a part of,” Markle said. “There were never any arguments or drama. When I say this group did something great this year, they truly did. They may not know it now, but when they look back, maybe it’s next month or 10 years from now, they’ll realized what they did and how incredible it was.”
Markle also extended her thanks to the members of the community that got behind the team this year.
“I really appreciate the amount of support we’ve had this season. Pilot is not a huge community, but when it comes to supporting the high school they show up. I’m so thankful that they supported the girls like they did. It really means a lot.”
November 03, 2021
Time slowed down as Mount Airy’s Charlotte Hauser watched Bishop McGuinness return a volley over the net.
Hauser, teaming with fellow junior Kancie Tate, saw the return soar over the doubles sideline and into the green out-of-bounds area. Hit with the realization of what happened, Hauser turned to Tate – with tears in her eyes – and wrapped her teammate up in a Bear hug.
This was the point that sealed Mount Airy’s victory over Bishop and brought the 1A West Regional Championship to the Granite City for the first time in five years.
“This was an extremely emotional win and I’m so proud of our effort and the way we fought,” said Granite Bear coach Luke Graham. “I told our girls before the match that, ‘Our depth has been our strength all year. I don’t know where they’re going to come from, but we’ve got to find a way to get five wins.’
“We knew going in that this would be the toughest match we’ve played all year. We have so much respect for the Bishop team as well as Coach (Patrick) Sturgeon.”
Mount Airy defeated Bishop McGuinness 5-2. The Bears won four of six singles matches, then clinched the overall win with a victory in No. 2 doubles.
“We felt very fortunate to come out of singles with 4-2 lead,” Graham said. “It was just a great collective effort, with contributions throughout the lineup, to find a way to finish in doubles and give us an opportunity to move one step closer to the ultimate goal on Saturday.”
The Lady Bears took a 2-0 lead in singles thanks to wins from Tate and Lily Morris. Tate defeated Bishop’s Allison Dennen 6-0, 6-1 in No. 3 singles, and Morris topped Caroline Gregory 6-0, 6-2 in No. 6 singles.
The No. 4 and No. 5 singles matches were the next to conclude. Bishop’s Nina Holton topped Audrey Marion 6-0, 6-2 in the No. 4 spot, while the Villains’ Adelaide Jernigan bested Hauser 6-2, 6-0 at No. 5.
The No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches were all that remained and would give a huge momentum boost to either team should they win both. It appeared as if the teams would split the remaining singles matches as Mount Airy’s Carrie Marion won the first set of the No. 1 match 6-2, and Bishop’s Lindsey Bergelin took the first set of the No. 2 match 6-3 over Ella Brant.
Bishop McGuinness’ Lourdes Lopez battled back to win four consecutive games after trailing 5-0 in the second set, but Marion put her away to win the set 6-4. This gave Mount Airy the 3-2 overall lead.
Brant led Bergelin 2-1 in the second set before the Bishop sophomore won back-to-back games. Bergelin held that lead until 4-3 when Brant won two-straight to take over 5-4. Bergelin fired back with two wins to make it 6-5, then Brant forced a set tiebreaker by winning the next game.
Brant won the set tiebreaker in a nail biter, 8-6. Both girls were so tired they thought the match was over and shook hands, but it wasn’t done there. The two were now tied with one set apiece.
The duo battled in a third-set tiebreaker to settle the score. Brant took an early lead, but Bergelin fought back to tie the score at 3-3. Brant won the next six points after the two switched sides. Bergelin tried to mount a comeback, but fell short and lost the tiebreaker 10-4.
The Bears only needed one doubles victory to advance to the 1A State Championship.
The recently crowned 1A Doubles State Champions, Brant and Carrie Marion, took on Lopez and Bergelin in the No. 1 match. Tate and Hauser faced off against Holton and Dennen in the No. 2 match, and Audrey Marion and Morris battled Jernigan and Gregory in the No. 3 match.
All three Bishop teams took a 2-1 lead to start doubles. Mount Airy’s No. 1 and No. 3 teams went on to lead 3-2, and then the No. 2 duo wasn’t far behind as all three Bears teams led 4-3 at one point.
Tate and Hauser won the next two games to go up 6-3. Dennen and Holton won their final game to make it 7-4, but then Tate and Hauser secured the win by taking the next game.
When Tate and Hauser’s win officially ended the match, the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles matches were halted. When the match was ended: Brant and Carrie Marion led 7-4, and Morris and Audrey Marion led 6-5.
Also earning a win Wednesday night was sportsmanship. Members of each team embraced one another at the conclusion of the match and cheered for the other as they were recognized.
“I thought the sportsmanship between our two teams today was first class, “Graham said. “It was a fantastic atmosphere and the crowd was electric.”
This was a sentiment echoed by Mount Airy High School Principal Jason Dorsett at the awards ceremony.
Mount Airy will make its sixth-ever appearance in the 1A Dual Team State Championship on Saturday, Nov. 6. The Bears are now tied with North Stokes and Raleigh Charter for the most appearances in the 1A State Championship since it split from being 1A/2A in 1997.
Since 2008, no other 1A team has made more appearances in the dual team championship than Mount Airy.
Mount Airy (21-0) will take on the East Regional Champion Chatham Charter with the state championship on the line. Chatham Charter (14-7) is the No. 5 overall seed in the East and reached the state championship with the following playoff victories: 9-0 vs. No. 12 Gates County, 9-0 vs. No. 4 Jones Senior, 6-3 vs. No. 1 Chatham Central, and 6-3 vs. No. 3 Voyager Academy.
The 1A Dual Team State Championship will take place at the Burlington Tennis Center and is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. A coaches meeting will take place before the match at 9:00 a.m.
November 03, 2021
The Surry County Parks and Recreation Department and the Surry County Hall of Fame committee have chosen the inductees for the 2021 class of the Surry County Sports Hall of Fame and Ring of Honor, to be honored on Saturday.
The inductees for the Hall of Fame are Donald Grey Beane, Rick Callaway, James “Butter” Cox, Sarah Ann Knott, Kari Karns Perin, and Kenneth Shelton. All inductees have excelled in their sports, be it playing or coaching.
The Ring of Honor inductees are the Dobson Lions Club and Darren Lewis. These inductees are administrators, teams or organizations which have contributed heavily in the field of athletics in North Carolina.
“The Surry County Sports Hall of Fame and Ring of Honor committee are made up of members throughout the county,” said Bradley Key, coordinator of Programs, Special Events, and Volunteerism for the Surry County Parks and Recreation Department.
“There are 15 members on the committee. One from each region with a few at-large spots.”
The Surry County Hall of Fame induction ceremony is an annual event.
“Due to COVID, we were unable to have the event in 2020,” said Key.
This year the ceremony will be back on. The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 6, at Fisher River Park in Dobson. This includes the induction ceremony and then unveiling of the monument.
The Parks and Rec Department of Surry County facilitate the committee and the votes that are placed.
November 02, 2021
DOBSON — Fisher River Park played host to the 2A Midwest Regional Cross Country Championship over the weekend.
North Surry, East Surry and Surry Central all represented the Foothills 2A Conference at Regionals in both the boys and girls races. Each school also had runners qualify for the State Championship Meet.
Surry Central’s boys and girls both qualified for the State Championship Meet as a team. The Lady Eagles won the Regional Runner-Up trophy, and the boys finished fourth overall.
The 2A State Championship will take place Nov. 6 at Kernersville’s Ivey Redmon Sports Complex.
Girls
Surry Central sophomore Yeira Munoz led all local competitors in the girls race by finishing third out of 93 runners in the 5,000-meter run. Munoz’s time of 21:28.26 set the bar for Central to qualify for states as a team.
Also earning points for Central: Abigail Hernandez in ninth at 22:07.46, Lanie Fitzgerald in 16th at 23:08.79, Andrea Gonzalez in 20th at 23:17.96 and Ella Priddy in 28th at 23:45.51.
Just behind Munoz was North Surry senior Callie Allen. Allen, who won the FH2A Conference Championship, qualified for her first state championship with a time of 21:33.17.
Also qualifying for the Lady Greyhounds was senior Weatherly Reeves. Reeves finished 13th overall at the regional meet with a time of 22.49.71. The duo led the Greyhounds effort to finish sixth overall as a team.
Also scoring for North Surry: Isabel Delfin in 57th at 26:33.02, Nydia Cabrera in 64th at 27:09.51 and Anna Whitaker in 69th at 27:36.62.
East Surry freshman Addison Goins led the Cardinals by finishing eighth with a time of 21.56.30. Goins had the highest finish of any freshman girl and will compete in the state championship.
Also scoring for the Cardinals, who finished eighth as a team: Joanna Parker in 38th at 24:42.35, Kamryn Talton in 59th at 26:43.48, Morgan Bryant at 26:50.98 and Lilly Brinkley in 86th at 30:21.41.
Boys
The Golden Eagle boys finished fourth overall as a team. Central was led by sophomore Ignacio Morales, who took second overall among 97 runners with a time of 17:14.16. Only three runners finished below the 18-minute mark.
Freshman Brangly Mazariegos also finished in the top 10 of the boys race. Mazariegos finished 10th overall with a time of 18:32.96.
Also scoring for the Golden Eagle boys: Sebastian Sanchez in 19th at 19:04.35, Charlie Hernandez in 50th at 20:34.37 and Alexis Pedraza in 61st at 21:04.23.
East Surry finished just behind Surry Central in fifth overall. The Cardinal boys were led by Cooper Motsinger’s fourth-place finish. Motsinger recorded a 5,000-meter time of 18:12.11.
Also scoring for East: Charles Talton in 29th at 19:51.06, Dylan Myers in 41st at 20:14.25, Nicholas Boggs in 48th at 20:31.02 and Brandon Denton in 75th at 22:02.55.
North Surry did not have any boys qualify for the state championship, but had two freshman runners compete in the regional meet. Miguel Vega finished 52nd with a time of 20:39.90, and Stephen Mojica finished 58th with a time of 20:52.16.
November 02, 2021
Registration is now open for the eighth annual Jacob Pettitt Memorial 5K Walk/Run.
The event serves as a fundraiser for the Jacob Daniel Pettitt Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides a scholarship for a graduating East Surry High School student each year.
The 2021 edition will feature two parts to accommodate all parties interested in participating.
The first is an in-person 5K walk/run scheduled to take place Saturday, Nov. 6, at Fairview United Methodist Church in Shoals. Planners of the event said the race will be a quality in-person 5K event to accommodate the serious competitor, as well as participants of all levels.
Added to the Jacob Pettitt Memorial 5K last year is the Cardinal Strut Virtual Run/Walk. This is for individuals who want to participate but need to race on their own time and on a chosen course or treadmill.
All proceeds from both events will benefit the Jacob Daniel Pettitt Scholarship Fund.
The event and the scholarship honor the memory of Jacob Pettitt, who died at the age of 15 after an automobile accident on Sept. 3, 2013. An East Surry sophomore, Pettitt remained in a coma for 19 days as fellow students, friends and community residents prayed and reached out in support of the Pettitt family.
He died on Sept. 22 of that year.
“Jacob left us far too early,” it says on the race’s registration website. “His passing brought about a revival in the Shoals community as well as in Surry County. Jacob had high standards and always strived to be the best at what he did. Through this event we aim to honor those standards by coming together to raise money for a scholarship to be awarded to someone who shares those standards.”
Those standards are emphasized by a quote shared by Jacob on Twitter.
“One day I want to look God in the eyes and tell Him that I’ve used every single ounce of talent He gave me,” he wrote.
The first Jacob Daniel Pettitt Scholarship was awarded to a member of Jacob’s high school graduating class of 2016.
The price of registration is $25 for anyone younger than 18. Standard registration, including day-of-race registration, is $35 for adults 18 and over. Online registration for the In-Person 5K ends Thursday, November 4th at 6:00 PM, and Virtual 5K registration is open online through November 5th.
Runners can register online at jacobpettittmemorial5k.itsyourrace.com.
Day-of-race registration will begin at 7 a.m. The 5K is scheduled to start at 8:30. Limited quantities of extra shirts will be available on race day, but are not guaranteed.
Awards will be presented to the top three male and female competitors of each age group and overall for the in-person race. Age groups are as follows: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and over.
Event packets may be claimed early on Friday, Nov. 5 from 5-7 p.m. at Fairview UMC or the morning of Nov. 6 from 7-8:15 a.m. The race is set to begin at 8:30 a.m.
Fairview United Methodist Church is located at 3692 Quaker Church Road, in the Shoals community of Pinnacle.
Sponsors for the Jacob Pettitt Memorial 5K and Cardinal Strut Virtual Run/Walk include: Carson Industries, Chilton Train, Country Road Strawberries, Dinner Dash, Foothills Hardware and Builders Supply, Grace and Sparrow Boutique, Hayco Construction, Indulge Soapery, Northedge Interiors, Pilot Knob Outfitters, Pilot Mountain Flower Shop, Pilot Mountain Rapid Lube, Pruitt Insurance and Triad Builders of King.
November 02, 2021
Mount Airy’s dominant postseason run was extended Monday with a 6-0 win over Christ the King Catholic High School.
The Lady Bears only conceded a total of six individual games to sweep the Crusaders. No Mount Airy player lost more than two games, and five of the Bears won their second set 6-0. The two teams did not play doubles with the match already decided after singles.
Singles results are below:
No. 1 Carrie Marion def. Nicole Castillo 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 Ella Brant def. Grace Sides 6-1, 6-0
No. 3 Kancie Tate def. Sofia Fusco 6-2, 6-0
No. 4 Audrey Marion def. Caroline Clark 6-1, 6-0
No. 5 Charlotte Hauser def. Sarah Jones 6-0, 6-0
No. 6 Lily Morris def. Ava Carvelli 6-0, 6-0
Mount Airy (20-0) will host the West Regional Final on Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 4:00 p.m. The Bears welcome a familiar opponent to the Granite City for the Final Four matchup: the Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School Villains.
The Bears and Villains are no stranger to one another or the Regional Championship. Two teams were both part of the Northwest 1A Conference through the 2020-21 school year and did battle two or three times each season. A team from the NW1A Conference made the Dual Team State Championship each year from 2010-2018.
Mount Airy made eight-straight Final Four appearances between 2009-2016. The Bears went on to win the 1A State Title in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Bishop McGuinness won the state championship in 2014 and 2015.
This year’s West Regional Final marks the fourth meeting between Mount Airy and Bishop in the Final Four. Bishop leads the series 2-1.
The Villains enter the regional championship with a record of 17-2. Bishop, the champions of the Northwest Piedmont Conference, defeated Mountain Heritage via forfeit in the first round of the playoffs, North Stokes 6-0 in the second round and Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy 6-2 in the third round.
November 02, 2021
DOBSON — Surry Central gutted out a 3-0 win over East Rutherford to advance in the soccer 2A State Playoffs.
One goal from Jacob Edmonds and two from Eli Gonzalez lifted the No. 12-ranked Golden Eagles over the visiting Cavaliers, seeded No. 21 in the 2A West. The win puts Surry Central at 16-3-1 on the season as they move on to the second round.
“It honestly feels surreal,” said Surry Central coach Adan Garcia. “This is only my fourth playoff match – and third playoff win – so it just feels really awesome.”
Coach Garcia has the Eagles back in the playoffs after a one-year absence. Central finished third in the Western Piedmont 2A Conference last season, but missed out on playoffs. Fewer teams were allowed in the postseason due to COVID-19.
Surry Central rebounded this season and finished second in the Foothills 2A Conference. The Eagles recorded 15 shutouts during the regular season and picked up No. 16 against the Cavaliers (11-7).
“We had a couple errors in there and kept them in the game for a little bit,” Coach Garcia said. “Then we punished them on their errors. The team did their job and we pulled out a win.”
Before running away with the win in the second half, Surry Central and East Rutherford were neck-and-neck for much of the first half.
Strong midfield play from the Eagles gave Central the edge in possession early on. Jordy Avila played sideline-to-sideline distributing balls to Chris Nava and Daniel Juarez. Both Nava and Juarez had shots in the opening minutes of the match but failed to put them on target.
Gonzalez had the Golden Eagles’ first shot on frame. In the 12th minute, Gonzalez took a quick free kick from 30 yards out that was saved by East keeper Austin Webb.
Gonzalez had another free kick from a similar distance in the 17th minute of play. This free kick was awarded to the Eagles after Roderick Edmundson committed a foul and was given a yellow card. He floated the kick into the 18-yard box where it was headed by Juarez. Juarez’s shot sailed wide of the mark, but it was tipped by a Cavalier player and led to a corner kick.
Nava took the corner and it was chased down and headed into the back of the net by Edmonds. The Golden Eagles led 1-0 with 22 minutes left in the first half.
The Cavaliers nearly tied the match less than a minute after Edmonds’ goal. East Rutherford sent a free kick inside Central’s box and the Eagles were called for a hand ball. East’s Sergio Merida shot over the crossbar to keep the Central lead alive.
The Golden Eagles out-shot the Cavs 7-4 in the first half as the score remained 1-0 after 40 minutes.
Surry Central jumped right on East Rutherford in the second half, with Nava putting a shot on goal withing 27 seconds of the start of the half. Central’s push on offense led to a free kick just outside the 18. Gonzalez placed the free kick to the far side of the net to make it 2-0.
Gonzalez’s goal came just 1:14 into the second half.
Central didn’t let up after its second goal. Luke Creed fired three shots at the East keeper in the first 10 minutes of the half: one sailed wide, one was caught by the keeper and the other was blocked out for a corner kick.
The Eagles stayed pressed up for most of the second half. At points, Gonzalez was the only defender – other than goal keeper Johnny Garcia – on the defensive half of the field. Surry Central took 10 shots in the second half while holding East to one, which Coach Garcia credits to everyone doing their jobs to the best of their ability.
“Literally right before we walked down here we were watching some film, and I said ‘Stick to your assignments. Stick to your positions. Stick to what we’ve been training all year,’” Coach Garcia said. “This is why we played those tough teams in the beginning of the season. We got a couple losses out of it, but it was for games like this so we know what it’s like to be in a tight match. It really helped us thrive during crunch time.”
Central solidified its lead when Gonzalez nailed a 30-yard free kick with 10 minutes left in regulation. Less than 60 seconds later, an East Rutherford player was given a straight-red card and the Cavs played the last few minutes with 10 men.
Surry Central moves on and will face a familiar foe, North Forsyth, in the second round. North Forsyth (13-2) was a member of the WPAC with Surry Central for the 2019 and 2020 seasons, and the teams have played at least once each season since 2012.
No. 5 North Forsyth defeated No. 28 Wheatmore 6-1 in the opening round of the playoffs.
“The guys, they’re up on cloud nine right now. A lot of them have never even been in a playoff match,” Coach Garcia said. “We’ll celebrate this win, but then tomorrow we’ll get their mindsets back where it should be.”
Central travels to North Forsyth on Wednesday for a 6:00 kickoff.
October 30, 2021
PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry performed in front of its largest, and certainly loudest, crowd in nearly two years when it hosted the regional semifinal of the 2A State Playoffs on Saturday.
The top-ranked Cardinals swept the No. 5-ranked Brevard Blue Devils with set victories of 25-21, 25-18 and 25-16. East Surry will host the 2A West Regional Final on Nov. 2 against the winner of No. 2 Southwestern Randolph (25-5) and No. 23 McMichael (24-6).
“I’m still in shock,” said East Surry coach Katelyn Markle following Saturday’s match. “I guess I’ll process it tonight that we’re in the Final Four. But, right now I’m just going to enjoy this win and just soak it in.”
The Cardinals (26-1) have won their last 10 matches and have not surrendered a set in either the Foothills 2A Conference Tournament or the state playoffs.
Brevard (19-6) played East Surry close in all three sets. The first set saw the Devils and Cardinals tie eight times while the lead changed three times. Libero Samarin Kipple and East’s defensive specialists kept Brevard’s hitters from getting too many kills by diving all over the floor.
Up front for the Cardinals, Merry Parker Boaz and Bella Hutchens combined for nine first-set kills, while Kate Parks, Kylie Bruner, and Hannah Johnston each picked up one. Parks also led East Surry’s blocking effort.
“They played really, really good,” Markle said. “This was our best blocking performance of the year, no question.”
The Cards trailed 17-14 before mounting a 6-2 run that put them up 20-19. When the score was tied at 20, East scored four of the next five points to take the set 25-21.
East Surry never trailed in the second set. Bruner exploded for seven kills on nine attacks, Hutchens and Boaz each added two kills and Clara Willard had one kill.
Parks picked up a pair of big blocks to force a Blue Devil timeout at 5-0. Brevard cut the lead to just a point twice at 9-8 and 10-9, but never tied the score. East went on to win the set 25-18.
“They did everything that we asked them to do,” Markle said. “They made the changes we needed to make and we just executed all the plays that we were supposed to. It was a great team win.”
Brevard wasn’t ready for its season to end, so the Blue Devils came out and took an 8-5 lead. East Surry countered with a 9-0 run with Hutchens serving. Boaz and Parks went off on offense, and Kipple, Johnston and Addy Sechrist cleaned up anything that made it past the blockers.
The Blue Devils made moves late in the set with four-straight points, cutting the Cardinal lead to 16-13 at one point, but it didn’t matter. East Surry closed the set on a 9-3 run that ended emphatically with a Hutchens kill.
East Surry returns to the Regional Final for the second time in three seasons. The Cardinals have won two West Regional Titles: 2014 and 2019. Both were in the 1A division.
The Cardinal coaching staff has experience in Regional Finals as well. Head coach Katelyn Markle was an assistant on the 2019 team, and Kacie Markle was a senior on the Cardinals’ 2014-15 squad.
East Surry is the first Surry Co. team to reach the 2A Regional Final since North Surry did it in 2017. North Surry was also the last county team to win a 2A State Championship, doing so in 2012.
Markle emphasized that neither she nor the team is concerned about anything beyond Tuesday’s match.
“We have to come ready to practice Monday and just have to stay focused for Tuesday,” Katelyn said. “That’s how we keep this up.”
October 30, 2021
CARY — Mount Airy’s Ella Brant and Carrie Marion reached the mountaintop Saturday by winning the Class 1A Doubles State Championship.
Marion and Brant are just the second team in Surry County history to win a Doubles State Championship, and are the first to do so in 32 years. Christie Sanders and Keri Whitehead, also of Mount Airy High School, won three doubles championships from 1987-1989.
“I’m extremely proud and happy for them as players,” said Granite Bear coach Luke Graham. “They, along with our team, have committed and sacrificed so much time to put themselves in this position and to have this opportunity, and to see them be able to make it a reality and win states was just so special.”
The duo of Marion, a freshman, and Brant, a sophomore, went undefeated against fellow 1A opponents this season. The girls’ only doubles losses were against two players from the 2A division that reached the semifinals of that tournament the same day.
Marion and Brant finished 15-2 in the regular season, 3-0 in the Northwest 1A Conference Tournament, 4-0 in the West Regional Championship Tournament and 3-0 in the State Championship Tournament for a season record of 25-2.
The Bears didn’t just win the State Doubles Tournament, but they did so in convincing fashion. No opponent took more than two games from the all-star duo.
“Their focus through the tournament was exceptional,” Graham said. “I take a lot of pride in seeing the support they got from their teammates and families as well. It really was a special day and a special accomplishment.”
Marion and Brant opened the tournament with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Chatham Charter’s Rachel Albright and Jaylee Williams. In the semifinals, the Mount Airy pair defeated Chatham Charter’s Ashlyn Hart and Lorelei Byrd.
The Bears’ first two matches took place on Friday. The second semifinal match was postponed to Saturday morning due to bad weather, so the championship match didn’t start until after noon on Oct. 30.
Once the match finally got going it didn’t last long. Marion and Brant swept Chatham Central’s Olivia Brooks and Ellie Phillips in the first set, then won the second set 6-2 to capture the state title.
The dynamic duo of Marion and Brant aren’t done with this season just yet. The pair hope to lead Mount Airy to another championship in a week’s time.
The Granite Bears (19-0) host Christ the King Catholic High School (8-2) on Tuesday, Nov. 2, in the dual team tournament. The winner advances to the 1A West Regional Final on Nov. 3.
October 30, 2021
SPARTA — The Mount Airy Bears clinched the outright Northwest 1A Conference Championship Friday by defeating Alleghany 49-0.
The 2021-22 NW1A Title is the Bears second under coach JK Adkins and the team’s first since 2018. This season’s championship is Mount Airy’s 34th conference title ever.
With Friday’s clean sheet, Mount Airy (10-0, 6-0 NW1A) ties the school record of seven shutouts in a season. This record was originally set in 1934 and tied in 1968.
The Granite Bears also broke a 79-year-old school record for fewest points allowed in a regular season. This year’s team only gave up 18 points: only two teams touchdowns (Draughn, South Stokes) and one team scored a pair of field goals (East Wilkes).
The win over Alleghany (2-7, 1-5) saw the “Granite Wall” defense hold the Trojans to fewer than 100 total yards. The Bears forced two turnovers and scored two defensive touchdowns. This was Mount Airy’s 308th shutout of all time and it gave the Bears program a 10-0 start for the 12th time.
Zeb Stroup returned the opening kickoff 76 yards for a touchdown, and also recovered a fumble and took it 44 yards for a touchdown. Also on defense, Nic Isom snatched an interception and forced a fumble.
Caleb Reid led the Bears with 103 yards rushing and two touchdowns, complimented by Tyler Mason’s 55 yards rushing and a touchdown and a 26-yard touchdown run from Josh Penn.
Mount Airy’s remaining touchdown came on a 25-yard pass from Ian Gallimore to Mario Revels.
The Bears look to carry momentum into the postseason where they are the No. 2 overall seed in the 1A West. Eastern Randolph (9-0) is the only team seeded higher than Mount Airy in the West.
Mount Airy hosts the first round of the 1A State Playoffs on Friday, Nov. 5, against No. 31 Union Academy (0-10).
October 30, 2021
PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry secured the Foothills 2A Conference Championship on Friday by defeating Surry Central 47-0.
The Cardinals, who wrap up the regular season with a 9-0 overall record, have now won conference championships the past three seasons. The 2019-20 and 2020-21 titles were won in the Northwest 1A Conference, and this is East’s first season in the 2A division.
On winning the FH2A Championship, East Surry coach Trent Lowman said: There’s some relief that we did it, but that’s what we expect to do. I’m happy that we did it, and I’m happy that we did it as well as we did in the league and in the non-conference.”
East wins the conference with a perfect 6-0 record. Had Surry Central defeated East Surry on Friday, the two would share the conference title at 5-1.
The Cardinals, while shutting out their third opponent of the season, racked up a season-high 567 total yards: 364 came in the air, and 203 where on the ground.
“I’m proud of the guys. I think we’re probably peaking right now like we have each year,” said Lowman, who is currently in his fourth season with the program. “I think our strategy’s working, and I think we’re the best we’ve been all year right now. I’m just proud of them for all the work they’ve put in and the effort.”
Surry Central drops to 6-4 overall and 4-2 in conference play with Friday’s loss. The Eagles drop back-to-back games for just the second time this season and – since North Surry and Forbush both won Friday night – finish in a three-way tie for second place in the conference.
“We had a tough night,” said Surry Central coach Monty Southern. “They’re undefeated for a reason. We had the right mindset coming in and the guys really did play hard, but that’s just a really good football team. They came out really strong.”
Everything went the way of the Cardinals early. East Surry scored 20 first-quarter points while racking up 235 yards of offense in the first 12 minutes of action. Meanwhile, Surry Central was held to less than 25 total yards in the quarter.
The Cardinals ran 19 offensive plays in the first quarter. Quarterback Folger Boaz completed seven passes for 144 yards, and he and Trey Armstrong combined for 12 carries for 91 yards. Boaz set a new single-game career high of 464 total yards thanks to 354 yards passing and 110 yards rushing.
Boaz had completions of 40 and 50 yards to Layton Allen and Luke Brown, but the early touchdowns were scored on the ground. Armstrong scored twice in the first quarter, and Boaz found paydirt once. This momentum carried into the first few minutes of the second quarter where Boaz threw his first of two passing touchdowns to put East Surry up 26-0.
Surry Central’s offense struggled to get going until the second quarter. East Surry’s Brett Clayton and Daniel Villasenor each had sacks in the first quarter, and Central’s Avery Wilmoth was also picked off by Armstrong.
Wilmoth picked up the Eagles’ second first down of the game with a 25-yard completion to Dante Watson. Wilmoth and Karson Crouse alternated carries until a pass from Wilmoth to Crouse put the Eagles just outside the red zone.
“After the first quarter we really settled in,” Southern said. “The defense really made them (East) work, and the offense started moving the ball well.”
A Cardinal penalty moved the Eagles to the 13-yard line, but a few big penalties moved Central far away from the end zone. The Golden Eagles ended up punting near midfield after the 13-play, 8:38 drive.
East Surry started on its own 8-yard line with 1:27 left in the half. The Cardinals’ offensive bought Boaz time for three completions of double-digit yardage and a 13-yard rush.
Brown had a 7-yard catch to make it second-and-3 on the Eagles’ 29 when Boaz threw a pass toward the end zone that was picked off by North Carolina’s leader in interceptions, Memphis Bolatto. The pick was Bolatto’s 10th of the season, which ranks him among the top-10 in the national standings.
Surry Central received the second-half kickoff and moved quickly into Cardinal territory. However, sacks from Clayton and Joseph Grezmak moved the Golden Eagles closer to midfield and forced the visitors to punt.
East followed with its longest drive of the night. The Cardinals almost faced a three-and-out after Cole Butcher sacked Boaz, but the QB was able to complete a 9-yard pass to Armstrong on third-and-7 to keep the drive alive.
East Surry converted three third downs on the drive that lasted nine plays and 4:36 of game time. The last of these third down conversions saw Boaz scramble for a 15-yard gain. Surry Central struggled to bring down the slippery quarterback, but did manage to tackle East Surry trainer Tim Bodford at the end of the play. Bodford was able to kip-up from the hit and finish the game.
Two plays later, Boaz completed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Armstrong. Stephen Brantley nailed the PAT to put East up 33-0.
Surry Central had good field position on its next drive thanks to a good return, but then Hatcher Hamm forced a fumble that was recovered by Armstrong. The Cardinals kept possession for another drive of more than four minutes before Boaz scored on a four-yard rush.
East Surry’s final points came late in the fourth quarter. Grezmak blocked a Central punt and recovered it himself. Four plays later, Will Jones tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Creech.
For Surry Central: Wilmoth finished 3-of-7 passing for 21 yards and an interception; Watson had one reception for 25 yards, and Crouse had two receptions for a loss of 4 yards; Crouse rushed 15 times for 52 yards, Wilmoth rushed 11 times for 16 yards, Brian Williams rushed five times for 32 yards, and Lucas Johnson rushed once for two yards.
For East Surry: Boaz finished 28-of-35 passing for 354 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, and Jones completed his only passing attempt for a 10-yard touchdown; Boaz rushed 13 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns, Armstrong rushed eight times for 60 yards and two touchdowns, and Eli Beck carried seven times for 33 yards; Allen had nine receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown, Brown had five receptions for 96 yards, Colby Johnson had five receptions for 47 yards, Brantley had two receptions for 28 yards and Creech had one reception for 10 yards and a touchdown.
By winning the FH2A Conference, East Surry is awarded an automatic bid to the State Playoffs. The winners of the past three 1A West Regional Championships face a new challenge in the 2A division.
“We’re getting ready to run into a bus in these 2A playoffs so we’ll see what we’ve got,” Lowman said. “When the regular season ends, it’s only varsity. All the coaches are with varsity…so the focus is able to increase at practice and there are eyes on everybody on every play. We’re able to coach everybody.”
Surry Central is likely headed to the postseason given the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s latest RPI rankings.
“These guys have been resilient all year,” Southern said. “I know this loss hurts with it being a county rival and having a shot at the conference championship, but come Monday it’s a brand new season. I told them after the game that next week there will be 64 2A teams in the state of North Carolina that get to play football. We’re going to heal up physically and mentally and be ready for work next week.”
*Update: The NCHSAA released brackets for the upcoming football playoffs on Saturday. No. 2 East Surry will host No. 31 Newton-Conover (3-6), and No. 19 Surry Central will travel to No. 14 West Lincoln (8-2).
Scoring
Surry Central – 0, 0, 0, 0 = 0
East Surry – 20, 6, 7, 14 = 47
1Q
8:38 ESHS 6-0 – Trey Armstrong 2-yard rushing TD, PAT no good
4:18 ESHS 14-0 – Trey Armstrong 7-yard rushing TD, Folger Boaz pass to Stephen Brantley for 2-point conversion
2:25 ESHS 20-0 – Folger Boaz 3-yard rushing TD, PAT no good
2Q
11:46 ESHS 26-0 – Folger Boaz pass to Layton Allen 5-yard TD reception, PAT no good
3Q
3:29 ESHS 33-0 – Folger Boaz pass to Trey Armstrong 5-yard TD reception, Stephen Brantley PAT
4Q
10:46 ESHS 40-0 – Folger Boaz 4-yard rushing TD, Stephen Brantley PAT
3:29 ESHS 47-0 – Will Jones pass to Daniel Creech 10-yard TD reception, Stephen Brantley PAT
October 29, 2021
North Surry’s five soccer seniors set out at the beginning of the season to return to the state playoffs.
It was only appropriate that the team’s Senior Night match be the one to solidify the Greyhounds’ spot in the 2021-22 postseason. North Surry defeated North Wilkes 1-0 on Wednesday to secure third place in the Foothills 2A Conference. By doing so, North Surry was given the conference’s top wild card bid into the 2021 2A State Playoffs.
“One word for tonight’s game: emotional,” said Greyhound coach Kevin Shore.
Shore is in his first year as North Surry head coach, but served as an assistant coach at the school the past four seasons. Shore has seen North Surry’s five members of the class of 2022 grow into young men, making the return to the playoffs this season even more special.
The five seniors honored during halftime of Wednesday’s game were: Edwin Villegas, Jair Gonzalez, Luis Cabrera, Will Danley and Dallas Raya. Raya was recognized but was unable to attend the match.
”To work with and watch freshmen grow as people and become leaders on the team is an amazing process,” Shore said. “The seniors have worked so hard with a goal for the last three years for North Surry to return to state playoffs — now it looks like that goal will be realized. That is amazing.”
The Greyhounds finish the regular season 7-9-1 overall and 5-6-1 in the FH2A Conference.
A rough mid-season stretch in which the Hounds went 1-6-1 over a four-week span had the team’s playoff hopes looking unlikely. North Surry was 4-8-1 with two weeks left to play in the regular season, but Shore remained optimistic.
Following a 3-2 loss at East Surry – a match that was tied with eight minutes left to play – Shore said: “From the first game to [now], all I’ve asked is for our team to compete…and we are. They’re getting a lot better; East just made a good play on the ball late.”
Shore and the Greyhounds stayed positive despite the close loss and looked to rebound in the final few weeks of the season. The team did just that by winning three of its last four regular season matches, and the only loss was to a top 10-ranked Surry Central squad in overtime.
“Players set what appear to be unattainable goals and it is my job to formulate practice plans that will help us grow as a team, and the seniors embraced that system and have taken each drill very seriously,” Shore said. “It shows when we are able to see them grow each week of the season.”
Shore said the Hounds played possibly their best soccer of the season in the final week of the regular season. North Surry was the only 2A team to hold Surry Central scoreless through regulation and came within inches of breaking a streak against the Eagles that goes back well over a decade.
Against North Wilkes, senior Jair Gonzalez netted the Greyhounds’ lone goal in the match. The senior scored on an assist from Salvador Rodriguez in the 24th minute, then North controlled the remainder of the first half and most of the second half.
North Surry received the No. 24 seed in the 2A West and will travel to No. 9 Trinity (11-6-1) on Nov. 1. Facing the top-ranked 2A team from the Piedmont 1A/2A Conference will be a challenge, but Shore thinks the Greyhounds’ experience will help them when times get tough.
“At times it doesn’t seem like calls go our way or calls simply go against us way more than the other team and some of the wind gets taken away,” Shore said. “I keep reminding the players to keep their heads up; we can only control that next play. North Surry Men’s Soccer team is playing well going into the postseason so we will see how we do next week.”
October 29, 2021
PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry overcame a tough Maiden squad on Thursday to advance to the fourth round of the 2A State Volleyball Playoffs.
The visiting Blue Devils played East Surry close in the first two sets. The Cardinals went on late runs to pull out victories in those sets, 25-19 and 25-20. East carried momentum into the third set and didn’t trail for a single point, wrapping up the match with a 25-13 set victory.
“I think it was a great team win for us,” said Cardinal coach Katelyn Markle. “The seniors really stepped up and led the team whenever we got down a bit. I didn’t really get to talk a lot during timeouts because the seniors were saying everything on my mind.”
East Surry is now 25-1 on the season. The Cards’ 3-0 victory against the Blue Devils is East’s 18th sweep of the season, as well as Maiden’s first and only 3-0 loss to a fellow 2A team this year.
Maiden, the winners of the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference, fell behind 7-1 in the first set. East Surry’s Merry Parker Boaz scored the first point of the match with a kill, then kills from Kate Parks and Bella Hutchens helped the team take an early lead. Maiden scored back-to-back points on East Surry service and attacking errors before Kylie Bruner picked up her first kill of the night to make it 8-3.
The Blue Devils (19-9) came out of their first timeout of the set with new life. Maiden took over serve to go on an 8-1 run that featured the first of four lead changes in the opening set. Savannah Lail had the first two kills of the match for the visitors to help tie the score at 8-8. Then, Lail went to the service line – after East had its only point in the run – and picked up an ace.
Maiden was sending two blockers on some of Hutchens’ attacks, but East Surry was too deep to be affected. Instead, setter Hannah Johnston found Boaz, Parks and Bruner to get back into the swing of things. Bruner, Hutchens and Boaz each had five kills in the first set. Parks added two, and Johnston herself had one kill.
“It may sound weird, but I think it was good mentally for them to be behind a couple of points to see if they could fight through it in the state playoffs,” Markle said. “It’s totally different being down four in a conference game and being down four in the third or fourth round of the playoffs. That’s where I thought the seniors stepped up tonight.”
The final lead change of the set came about on a 7-0 run by the Cardinals. Maiden led 16-14 when Bruner recorded a kill, then Boaz went to the service line and tied things up with an ace. Hutchens was kept from picking up a kill during this run, but did have a big block alongside Parks.
The Devils stayed within four points of the Cards before a service error and double-hit violation gave East the set victory at 25-19.
Maiden took its largest lead of the night when the Devils got off to a 6-2 start in the second set. Once again sending two blockers in Hutchens’ direction, Grace Kilby and Callie Stamey each had blocks to contain the Cards’ offense.
East Surry struggled to get on a roll in the second set due to errors. The Cardinals’ defense limited Maiden to just five kills in the set, but costly mistakes kept the score close.
There were 14 points played from the time the score was 6-2, with Maiden in the lead, to when East Surry tied things up at 11-11. During this stretch, all of Maiden’s points came from four East Surry service errors and one attacking error. The Cards eventually took the lead back, but failed to score more than two consecutive points until the score was tied 18-18.
Clara Willard broke the tie with a kill and Boaz wasn’t far behind. A lift violation gave the Cards a 21-18 advantage, but then East committed another service error.
The Cardinals scored four of the next five points to win the set 25-20.
After a mixed bag of a second set, East Surry took a 4-0 lead out of the gate in the third set. The Cards turned this into an 8-3 lead that forced a Blue Devil timeout.
Similar to the first set, Maiden bounced back out of a timeout to score four of the next five points and made it a 9-7 game. The Devils only scored consecutive points twice in the set, and wouldn’t do so following the 9-7 score.
East Surry lead 11-9 before scoring 14 of the next 18 points. The Cardinals recorded 10 kills in the final set, and eight were hit by Hutchens. The Lady Cards won the third set 25-13 to advance to the Elite Eight.
The Cardinals only committed one service error in the third set, but Markle said the team can’t afford to have another bad set like the second against Maiden.
“I definitely think we have to keep playing our game,” Markle said. “We have to keep options open on the front row and keep defending as well as we have the last three games. We also have to have tough serves without missing so many. It’s really the little things that are going to make the difference.”
East Surry hosts No. 5 Brevard on Saturday. Brevard (19-5) reached the regional semifinal with the following playoff wins: 3-0 vs. No. 28 Morehead, 3-0 vs. No. 12 Surry Central, 3-1 vs. No. 13 Randleman.
October 28, 2021
Mount Airy advanced to the Elite Eight of the 1A Dual Team Tennis Playoffs by defeating East Wilkes 6-0 on Oct. 26.
Tuesday’s match between the Bears and Cardinals was the third meeting of the schools this season. Mount Airy won both regular season meetings: 8-1 at East Wilkes on August 24 and 9-0 in the Granite City on Sept. 16. The Lady Bears have not lost a single dual-team match, in either singles or doubles, to another 1A team since East Wilkes took one match in the late-August meeting.
Mount Airy (19-0) earned the No. 1 overall seed among the 16 teams to reach the postseason in the 1A West. The Bears defeated No. 16 Uwharrie Charter (3-7) via forfeit in the first round of the playoffs.
East Wilkes was given the No. 9 seed in the 1A West after finishing 13-3 in the regular season. The Cardinals’ only losses were to No. 1 Mount Airy and No. 2 Bishop McGuinness. East defeated No. 8 Corvian Community (7-8) in the first round by a score of 9-0.
Mount Airy won all six of Tuesday’s singles matches in straight sets:
No. 1 Carrie Marion def. Tristen Blevins 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 Ella Brant def. Hallie Younger 6-2, 6-1
No. 3 Kancie Tate def. Kristie Brown 6-2, 6-4
No. 4 Audrey Marion def. Savannah Sparks 6-4, 6-4
No. 5 Charlotte Hauser def. Emily Spicer 6-4, 6-4
No. 6 Lily Morris def. Valerie Schubart 6-0, 6-0
The Bears advance to the Elite Eight where they will host No. 4 Christ the King Catholic High School. That match is scheduled for Nov. 1.
October 28, 2021
DOBSON – Surry Community College swept Wake Technical Community College in the quarterfinals of Region 10 volleyball tournament on Tuesday.
The Lady Knights earned the right to host the opening round of tournament play by finishing as the top seed in the conference’s Western Division.
In the first set, both teams battled to a 10-10 tie until the Lady Knights took control with three straight points to force a Wake Tech timeout. A Lady Eagles rally fell short as Surry finished the set scoring five of the last six points for 25-19 score.
The Lady Knights got off to a quick start in the second set taking a commanding 24-12 lead before Wake Tech battled back to force a Surry timeout at 24-20. The Lady Knights finished off the set at 25-20 on a kill from Michelle Thao (Fred T. Foard HS) kill to hold a 2-0 lead.
Surry raced out to a 14-2 lead in the third set and finished off the Lady Eagles 25-18.
Offensively, Thao led Surry with 12 kills, while teammates Colby Crater (Forbush High School) and Natalie Eaton (North Surry HS) had seven kills each. Setter Anna Stevens (Oak Grove HS) dished out 32 assists, and Thao and Crater each notched a service ace.
Surry was led defensively by Thao with 17 digs. Eaton added 13 digs, followed by Stevens with 11 digs and Abigail Johnson (Surry Central HS) with nine digs. Lyza Addington (West Stokes HS) and Eaton led Surry with two blocks each.
The Lady Knights improve to 25-3 on the season and will face Richard Bland College on Saturday in the semifinals. The match is scheduled for 12:00 pm and is hosted by Cape Fear Community College. The winner will play in the Region 10 championship game slated for 5:00 pm.
The Region 10 tournament champions will advance to the National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournament in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, November 18-20.
October 28, 2021
DOBSON — Surry Central soccer closed its regular season with two wins over county rivals.
The Golden Eagles hosted North Surry (7-9-1) on Monday for Senior Night. Central recognized five senior players at halftime: Jordy Avila, Daniel Juarez, Abraham Mendez, Jacob Edmonds and Johnny Garcia.
“It’s very emotional losing seniors because I’ve known them for years,” said Surry Central coach Adan Garcia. “Four out of the five I’ve known since they were in the rec program. So, to see them come from the rec program all the way to the high school, and to be here to see that, that felt amazing. At the same time I was tearing up because I’m going to miss them.”
Surry Central (15-3-1) was pushed to overtime for the first time this season against North Surry. The Greyhounds had one of their top performances this season to hold Central scoreless through regulation, something only one other team has done this year.
The Eagles did tie Elkin 0-0 on Oct. 30, but that game was called off early in the second half due to bad weather.
Surry Central came out on top Monday with a goal from freshman Luke Creed in the 85th minute. The Eagles held the one-goal lead through both overtime periods to defeat the Greyhounds.
East Surry played host to Surry Central on Wednesday in the regular season finale for both teams. The match was originally slated to take place in Dobson, but the rearrangement of JV football games moved it to Pilot Mountain.
Chris Nava scored in the first five minutes of the match to give Central a 1-0 lead. East Surry’s offense took control for most of the first half, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Momentum shifted back to the Eagles thanks to a goal scored by Diego Sonato in the 35th minute.
The Cardinals came out strong in the second half and peppered shots at Johnny Garcia in goal. The Eagles’ Jonathan Avila put the game out of reach with back-to-back goals in the 51st and 52nd minutes.
Mendez scored in the 72nd minute to increase the lead to 5-0, and Creed topped the win off with a goal in the 75th minute.
Central recorded its 15th shutout of the season with Wednesday’s 6-0 victory. Only Watauga, Forbush and North Wilkes were able to score on the Eagles during the regular season.
Surry Central outscored conference opponents 48-11 and finished 10-2 in the Foothills 2A Conference. Central, currently ranked No. 9 in the 2A West by MaxPreps, finished second in the conference behind only No. 6-ranked Forbush (16-4, 12-0 FH2A).
The Golden Eagles will receive one of the conference’s two automatic playoff bids and compete for a state championship beginning next week.
Following the Senior Night win against North Surry, Coach Garcia said he was proud of his players for overcoming their emotions and keeping their focus on the upcoming playoffs.
“They knew it was an emotional moment and our last home game before playoffs, but they know that the job’s not done,” he said. “At the end of the overtimes, the seniors came up and thanked the team but said, ‘We’re not done yet,’ and I love that mentality.“
October 27, 2021
SALISBURY — North Surry, East Surry and Surry Central all sent players to the 2A Midwest Regional Tennis Tournament on Oct. 22-23.
All three schools had a team qualify for the doubles tournament hosted by Salisbury High School. East Surry was the only county school to have a player compete in the singles tournament.
Two doubles teams from Surry Country reached the semifinal round and qualified for the 2A State Championship Tournament: Surry Central’s Rachel Carter and Ellen Bryant, and East Surry’s Tara Martin and Evelyn Ruedisueli.
Martin and Ruedisueli reached the Regional Championship match in the school’s first season in the 2A division. The duo previously won the Northwest 1A Conference Championship, the 1A West Regional Doubles Championship and finished 1A State Runners-Up as sophomores last season.
Martin and Ruedisueli received a first-round BYE as the one of the top two seeds in the tournament. The Cardinals were 10-0 as doubles partners during the regular season, and went 3-0 in the Foothills 2A Conference Tournament to be crowned doubles champions.
The Cardinal duo defeated Trinity’s Autumn Gentry and Alania Lanphar in the quarterfinals before facing Salisbury’s Kate Burton and Emily Frick in the semifinals. Burton and Frick went 8-0 as doubles partners during the regular season, and neither girl lost a singles or doubles match during the regular season.
Martin and Ruedisueli defeated Burton and Frick to reach the championship match. East Surry ran into Salisbury once again, this time facing the Hornets’ team of Abby Campion and Millie Wymbs. Campion and Wymbs were undefeated in both singles and doubles during the regular season. The two occupied the top two spots on the undefeated Salisbury squad that is ranked No. 1 in the 2A West Dual-Team Tournament.
Campion and Wymbs won the Doubles Championship over Martin and Ruedisueli 6-2, 6-0.
Also reaching the semifinal round was Surry Central’s Carter and Bryant.
Carter and Bryant went 10-2 as doubles partners during the regular season. The Eagles’ duo went 2-1 in the FH2A Conference Tournament to finish as Runners-Up, falling to East’s Martin and Ruedisueli in the title match.
Carter and Bryant defeated Reidsville’s Daisy Ortiz and Kimberly Ortiz 6-3, 6-1 in the opening round. The Eagles then defeated a familiar foe, Forbush’s Emma Sorrell and Zayley St. John, 6-0, 7-5 in the quarterfinals to qualify for the State Tournament.
Carter and Bryant ran into Salisbury’s Campion and Wymbs in the semifinals and lost 6-1, 6-2. The pair from Surry Central faced Salisbury’s Burton and Frick in the Consolation Finals and were defeated 6-2, 6-2.
North Surry’s Hege and Butler finished 8-7 as a doubles team during the regular season. The Greyhound duo won two matches to reach the FH2A semifinals before falling to Central’s Carter and Bryant.
Hege and Butler opened the regional tournament against West Stanly’s Reagan Talley and Sue Pollard. Talley and Pollard went 12-0 as a doubles team during the regular season.
Talley and Pollard defeated Hege and Butler 6-1, 6-4.
The only local singles competitor was East Surry senior Rosie Craven. Craven was 10-3 in singles during the regular season, and reached the semifinals of the FH2A Tournament before falling to eventual champion Kendall Stanley of West Wilkes.
Craven faced Mount Pleasant’s Lucio Bovard in the first round and fell 6-4, 1-6, 3-6. Bovard was 8-5 as Mount Pleasant’s No. 1 seed during the regular season.
The N.C. High School Athletic Association 2A Individual State Championships will be held Oct. 29-30 at Ting Park in Holly Springs.
In the first round of the doubles championship: Martin and Ruedisueli will face West Lincoln’s Chloe Norman and Baily Huss, and Carter and Bryant will face Hendersonville’s Eliza Perry and Ramsey Ross.
October 26, 2021
PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry defeated Bandys High School 3-0 on Tuesday to advance in the 2A State Playoffs.
The No. 1-ranked Lady Cardinals improved to 24-1 with the sweep of the visiting Trojans, seeded No. 17 in the 2A West. East Surry’s victory came with set scores of 25-11, 25-12 and 25-16. East has now won eight consecutive matches.
The home Cardinals came out swinging and rarely slowed down. East Surry finished with 45 kills in the three-set match to average 15 kills per set. Senior Kylie Bruner and sophomore Bella Hutchens combined for 35 kills and only committed five hitting errors between them.
The first set of Tuesday’s match lasted about 15 minutes. The Cardinals and Trojans (19-7) traded points to start the first set before East took control and led 13-6. Bandys capitalized with attack to get its seventh point, but gave the serve away with a service error.
Hannah Johnston led a 5-0 run for the Cards with a pair of aces. The run ended when East was called for a net violation, but Bruner picked up a kill to bring the ball back to the home side. Bandy’s Bayli Bryan had a kill to make it 19-9, but the Cardinals responded with a 4-0 run to make it 23-9.
The teams traded points twice to end the set with East winning 25-11. East Surry recorded eight aces in the first set and finished the match with 12.
The second set was East Surry best attacking set; the Cards recorded 18 kills and only committed one hitting error to win 25-12. Hutchens led the way with nine kills on nine attempts in the set, and Bruner added five, Merry Parker Boaz had three and Kate Parks had one. Johnston set the hitters up with accurately-placed assists.
Bandys cut the lead to just four points at 13-9. Bruner had a kill to put Boaz at the service line, and the Cardinal freshman would stay there until the scoreboard read 21-9. The 8-0 streak was part of a 12-3 run by East to win the set by 13 points.
The Trojans took a 5-2 lead to start the third set. Clara Willard picked up her first kill of the night to spark a 4-0 run that gave East the lead. The teams got tied up at 5-5, 6-6 and 7-7 before East took the lead that it would hold for the remainder of the set.
The Cardinals had 14 kills and just three hitting errors on 29 swings in the third set.
A Willard block put East up 18-11 and forced a Bandys timeout. The Trojans emerged from the timeout with four points back-to-back to cut the lead to 18-15.
After making it a three-point game, Bandys would only score one more time as East Surry closed the match on a 6-1 run. The Cardinals won the third set 25-16 to complete the sweep and advance to the third round.
Bandys came from the Catawba Valley 2A Conference, where the Trojans finished second with a 12-2 regular season record. The winner of the conference’s regular season championship – and East Surry’s opponent in the Sweet 16 – is Maiden High School.
Maiden started the season 0-7, but its losses were mostly to teams in the 3A and 4A division. The Blue Devils then won 17-straight matches, including 14 matches in conference play and the first two rounds of the conference tournament. Maiden lost the conference tournament championship match 3-2.
The No. 9 Blue Devils defeated No. 24 Providence Grove in the opening round of the playoffs and beat No. 25 Wheatmore 3-0 in the second round.
East Surry hosts Maiden on Thursday.
October 26, 2021
Four local high schools competed in the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association State Playoffs over the weekend.
Millennium Charter Lions
Millennium qualified for the NCHSAA playoffs for the first time in school history. The Lions finished the regular season 11-12 overall and fourth in the Northwest Piedmont 1A Conference standings. MCA reached the semifinals of the conference tournament before falling to eventual tournament champion Bishop McGuinness.
Millennium’s first-ever playoff match was also against Bishop. The Villains (23-5) are the No. 5 seed in the 1A West, and the Lions entered as the No. 28 seed.
Bishop won the match 3-0 with set scores of 25-13, 25-8 and 25-16.
The Lions finish with a record of 12-14, which sets the school record for wins in a season.
Mount Airy Granite Bears
Mount Airy currently boasts an 18-8 overall record. The Bears finished 9-3 in the Northwest 1A Conference to grab the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament. The Bears upset No. 2 Alleghany in the semifinals and handed No. 1 Elkin just its second 1A loss all season in the championship match.
Mount Airy is the No. 13 seed in the 1A West and hosted No. 20 Mountain Island Charter (5-15) on Saturday. The Bears won their first-round playoff match 3-0 over the Raptors with set scores of 25-13, 27-25 and 25-18.
Mount Airy travels to No. 4 Piedmont Community Charter (18-2) in the second round. The winner of that match plays the winner of No. 5 Bishop McGuinness (23-5) and No. 12 Robbinsville (20-3).
Surry Central Golden Eagles
Surry Central sits at 18-6 on the season.
Central finished third in the Foothills 2A Conference regular season standings, but leap-frogged West Wilkes in playoff rankings by defeating the Blackhawks 3-0 in the conference tournament semifinals. Central finished as FH2A Tournament Runners-Up after falling to East Surry in the Championship.
Surry Central is the No. 12 seed in the 2A West and hosted No. 21 East Davidson, whose mascot is also the Golden Eagles, in the first round. Surry Central defeated East Davidson with set scores of 25-13, 25-13 and 25-21.
Surry Central travels to No. 5 Brevard (17-5) in the second round. The winner of that match will play the winner of No. 4 Lincoln Charter (18-4) and No. 13 Randleman (19-6).
East Surry Cardinals
East Surry currently has a record of 23-1 and is the No. 1 seed in the 1A West.
The Cardinals gained the No. 1 spot by winning both the FH2A Conference Regular Season and Conference Tournament Championships. East Surry is undefeated against fellow 2A opponents, and the Cards’ only loss this season was to Davie. Davie currently has a record of 21-4 and is the No. 8 seed in the 4A West.
East Surry defeated No. 32 West Lincoln (14-12) 3-0 in the first round. The Cardinals host No. 17 Bandys (17-6) in the second round. The winner of that match will face the winner of No. 9 Maiden (18-8) and No. 25 Wheatmore (10-12).
October 26, 2021
The Mount Airy soccer team completed its undefeated regular season with a 1-0 win over Elkin on Monday.
Sergio Garcia netted the game-winning goal to give the Granite Bears the Northwest 1A Conference Championship. Mount Airy has won the NW1A Championship outright the past two seasons and shared the title the three previous seasons.
The Bears finish the season 22-0 overall and 12-0 in conference play. The 2021-22 team now owns the following school records: most regular season wins (previously 21 in 2013), most conference wins in a season (previously eight in 2013 and Spring 2021) and consecutive wins without tying (previously 20 in 2019).
Mount Airy has finished the regular season unbeaten twice before in 2013 and Spring 2021, but the Bears tied at least one match in those years. This is the first season in which the Bears didn’t lose or tie a single regular season match.
Mount Airy’s 133 goals are the most in N.C.’s 1A division and second among all divisions. The Bears have only allowed 12 goals all season and have 15 shutouts.
MaxPreps has the Bears ranked No. 2 in the 1A West behind only Christ the King Catholic High School. Mount Airy is the only traditional public school ranked in the top eight.
The N.C. High School Athletic Association State Playoffs are set to begin next week.
October 26, 2021
PILOT MOUNTAIN — It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s another passing touchdown!
East Surry returned to David H. Diamont Stadium on Oct. 23 for its first home football game in well over a month. In their two previous home games this season, the Cardinals passed for more than 300 yards to defeat a Wilkes County team by double digits (41-14 vs. East Wilkes, 61-6 vs. North Wilkes). East Surry commemorated its return home by doing just that: passing for more than 300 yards to defeat a Wilkes Co. team by double digits.
The Cardinals defeated West Wilkes 62-0 to move to 8-0 overall. East, now 5-0 in the Foothills 2A Conference, secured a share of the conference title with Saturday’s win partnered with a Week 10 loss by Surry Central. East Surry can secure its third-consecutive outright conference championship by defeating Central (6-3, 4-1 FH2A) in the season finale on Oct. 29.
The Cardinals took to the skies on offense. Of East Surry’s 386 total yards, 340 were passing and only 46 were rushing. Quarterback Folger Boaz completed 16-of-22 passes and also threw a career-high seven passing touchdowns. Friday’s game was Boaz’s sixth career game of at least 300 yards passing.
Six different Cardinal players caught passes from Boaz, and four caught touchdown passes. Layton Allen led all receivers with four catches for 120 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. Trey Armstrong also surpassed the century mark with four catches for 112 yards, two of which went for touchdowns.
In addition to having his first career game of 100 yards receiving, Armstrong took a punt return 70 yards to the house.
Colby Johnson added two receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown, and Will Jones had three catches for 36 yards and the final aerial TD. Luke Brown and Kyle Zinn combined for three receptions for 14 yards.
East Surry’s 23 yards rushing in the first half of Friday’s game all came on one play. Boaz scrambled for a 23-yard touchdown run near the start of the second quarter. Eli Beck added four carries for 23 yards in the second half.
Kicker Stephen Brantley converted 8-of-9 PATs.
The Cardinals scored 55 points in the first half with a time of possession of just 3:15. Six of the Cards’ seven first-half possessions lasted under 30 seconds, and the longest only went for 1:13.
East Surry’s defense spent the remaining 21:45 of the first half and most of the second half on the field. That wasn’t a problem, though, as the Cardinals only gave up 46 total yards in the shutout win.
West Wilkes rushed 33 times for a net gain of 15 yards. The Cardinals had two sacks and 14 tackles for a loss. Brett Clayton led the team with six tackles for a loss, followed by Joseph Grezmak with five, and Eli Becker, Izaiah Gulledge and Hatcher Hamm with one TFL each. Hamm and Daniel Villasenor each picked up a sack, and Will Jones added an interception.
Clayton and Grezmak were the Cards’ leading tacklers, finished with 12 and 10 total tackles, respectively. Villasenor and Joshua Parker each had seven total tackles, Kyle Zinn had five and Hamm added four.
Scoring
West Wilkes – 0, 0, 0, 0 = 0
East Surry – 28, 27, 0, 7 = 61
1Q
11:46 ESHS 7-0 – Folger Boaz pass to Layton Allen 45-yard TD reception, Stephen Brantley PAT
8:04 ESHS 14-0 – Folger Boaz pass to Layton Allen 40-yard TD reception, Stephen Brantley PAT
4:16 ESHS 21-0 – Folger Boaz pass to Trey Armstrong 13-yard TD reception, Stephen Brantley PAT
4:16 ESHS 28-0 – Folger Boaz pass to Trey Armstrong 59-yard TD reception, Stephen Brantley PAT
2Q
10:47 ESHS 35-0 – Folger Boaz 23-yard rushing TD, Stephen Brantley PAT
6:17 ESHS 41-0 – Trey Armstrong 70-yard punt return for a TD, PAT no good
3:25 ESHS 48-0 – Folger Boaz pass to Colby Johnson 41-yard TD reception, Stephen Brantley PAT
0:47 ESHS 55-0 – Folger Boaz pass to Layton Allen 20-yard TD reception, Stephen Brantley PAT
4Q
2:09 ESHS 62-0 – Folger Boaz pass to Will Jones 25-yard TD reception, Stephen Brantley PAT
October 26, 2021
Mount Airy shut down one of its oldest rivals on Friday to secure the Northwest 1A Conference Championship.
The Bears improved to 9-0 overall and 5-0 in the NW1A Conference with a 49-0 win over Elkin. The Bears are the only NW1A team left unbeaten in conference play with only Alleghany to play. Second-place team Starmount is 4-1 in the conference, but the Bears defeated the Rams 43-0 on Oct. 1.
Mount Airy’s 2021-22 conference championship is the school’s 34th all-time and the Bears’ first since 2018.
Nearly a century ago in 1925, Mount Airy defeated Elkin 20-0 for just its 15th victory as a program. Friday’s win was the Granite Bears’ 42nd win over the Buckin’ Elks and the school’s 758th overall victory. The win is also Mount Airy’s 308th shutout and is the school’s 219th game score 40 or more points.
Friday’s game was Mount Airy’s second in five days. The Bears traveled to East Wilkes the previous Monday and defeated the Cardinals 45-6.
The game against Elkin also served as Senior Night for Mount Airy’s 13 seniors: Zeb Stroup, Kasen Taylor, Reece Deaton, Nic Isom, Logan Dowell, Josh Penn, Payton Fonville, Nick Penn, Matthew Bagley, Sao Lennon, Mason Hill, Dylan Tilley and Caleb Collins
Mount Airy’s balanced offense went for 408 total yards; the Bears rushed 28 times for 209 yards and four touchdowns, while quarterback Ian Gallimore completed 11 passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns.
Gallimore surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season with nearly 200 yards passing on Friday. His 11 completed passes are a career high.
Gallimore connected with seven different receivers against the Buckin Elks: Walker Stroup, Zeb Stroup, Tyler Mason, Traven Thompson, Connor Burrell and Payton Fonville.
Walker Stroup had his first career game of multiple touchdown receptions by hauling in passes of 37 and 25 yards. Walker also knocked down 6-of-7 PATs for the Granite Bears. Reece Deaton converted a 2-point conversion for the Bears.
Gallimore’s other passing touchdown went to Zeb Stroup for 49 yards.
Mason led the team in receptions with four, but only gained one yard. Fonville had one catch for 50 yards, followed by Reid with one catch for 23 yards, Burrell with one catch for 10 yards and Thompson with one catch for four yards.
Mason set the pace for Mount Airy’s running game with 12 carries for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Mason’s 16 rushing touchdowns this season are the second-most in the 1A West, and his 820 yards rushing rank sixth.
Thompson and Brison George each added rushing touchdowns in the second half of Friday’s game. Thompson had one carry for 22 yards, and George carried three times for 20 yards. Reid added seven carries for 39 yards and Gallimore rushed five times for 11 yards.
Defensively, Mount Airy held Elkin to just 12 yards from scrimmage. The Elks went 0-for-3 passing and were intercepted once, and the visitors rushed 28 times for 12 yards. The Bears held Elkin to no yards or a loss of yards on 18 carries, and the Elks’ longest play from scrimmage gained four yards.
Friday’s win marks Mount Airy’s sixth shutout victory of the season. The Bears are second in the state among all divisions in scoring with 450 points scored. In that time, the Bears have only allowed 18 points.
Scoring
Elkin – 0, 0, 0, 0 = 0
Mount Airy – 7, 14, 21, 7 = 49
1Q
4:38 MAHS 7-0 – Ian Gallimore pass to Walker Stroup 37-yard TD reception, Walker Stroup PAT
2Q
1:21 MAHS 13-0 – Ian Gallimore pass to Walker Stroup 25-yard TD reception, PAT no good
0:38 MAHS 21-0 – Ian Gallimore pass to Zeb Stroup 49-yard TD reception, Reece Deaton rush for 2-point conversion
3Q
8:25 MAHS 28-0 – Tyler Mason 17-yard rushing TD, Walker Stroup PAT
4:44 MAHS 35-0 – Traven Thompson 22-yard rushing TD, Walker Stroup PAT
1:40 MAHS 42-0 – Tyler Mason 16-yard rushing TD, Walker Stroup PAT
4Q
1:50 MAHS 49-0 – Brison George 18-yard rushing TD, Walker Stroup PAT
Mount Airy football historian Doug McDaniel contributed to this article
October 25, 2021
ELKIN — The 1A West Regional Individual Tennis Tournament saw 16 singles competitors and 16 doubles teams each compete for a combined eight slots in the State Championship Tournament.
The Mount Airy Bears locked up three of those slots – more than any other team in the state’s 1A division – thanks to two top-four finishes in doubles and one top-four finish in singles. This was headlined by the Lady Bears’ duo of Carrie Marion and Ella Brant winning the Regional Doubles Championship.
Mount Airy’s team of Charlotte Hauser and Lily Morris finished third in the doubles tournament, and Kancie Tate finished fourth in the singles tournament. All five girls will compete in the 1A State Championship Tournament at Cary Tennis Park on Friday, Oct. 9.
Doubles
Brant, a sophomore, qualified for the state tournament a second time. She teamed with Olivia Perkins last season and reached the quarterfinals of the State Doubles Championship. Carrie Marion, a freshman, qualifies for her first State Championship Tournament.
The duo entered the regional championship, hosted at Elkin Municipal Park, as the No. 1 overall seed. Brant and Marion finished 15-2 as a team during the regular season and went 3-0 in the Northwest 1A Conference Tournament.
Marion and Brant opened the doubles tournament by defeating Avery County’s Abbie Crowe and Becky Haymore 6-0, 6-0. The Mount Airy duo then ran into East Wilkes’ Savannah Sparks and Emily Spicer in a rematch of the NW1A semifinals. The result was the same as the Bears only dropped two games, winning 6-1, 6-1 to reach the semifinals.
Mount Airy’s Charlotte Hauser and Lily Morris were seeded as the No. 5 duo in the regional tournament. The girls each went undefeated in doubles during the regular season, but never teamed with each other before the NW1A Tournament. Hauser and Morris went 2-1 in the conference tournament to qualify for regionals.
Hauser and Morris opened the tournament with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Mountain Heritage’s Sydney Edwards and Gracie Tipton. The duo then defeated the No. 4 team of Bishop McGuinness’ Isabella Ross and Allison Dennen via walkover.
One semifinal match saw Marion and Brant take on the No. 3 team of Nicole Castillo and Grace Sides of Christ the King Catholic High School, and the other had Hauser and Morris facing the No. 2 team of East Wilkes’ Tristen Blevins and Kristie Brown.
Marion and Brant defeated Castillo and Sides 6-2, 6-0 to advance to the championship round. Hauser and Morris’ semifinal was a rematch of the NW1A semifinal, and the result was the same. Blevins and Brown defeated the Hauser and Morris 6-3, 7-5.
When Marion and Brant faced Blevins and Brown in the NW1A Championship, the Bears won in three sets with scores of 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. The Regional Championship went much faster, with the Bears winning 6-3, 6-0 to secure the championship.
Hauser and Morris won a three-set battle over Castillo and Sides in the consolation finals to secure third place: 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.
Singles
Mount Airy juniors Kancie Tate and Audrey Marion represented the Lady Bears in the Regional Singles Championship.
Tate was seeded No. 4 overall in the tournament. She finished 17-0 during the regular season and 3-0 in the NW1A Tournament.
Tate defeated North Rowan’s Eva Lamanno 6-0, 6-0 in the opening round, then beat No. 6 Chandler Sizemore of North Stokes 1-6, 7-6 (1), 6-4 in the quarterfinals.
Audrey Marion was seeded No. 5 overall in the regional championship. She was 17-0 in the regular season and 2-1 in the NW1A Tournament, with her only loss coming to her teammate, Tate, in the championship match.
Audrey Marion defeated Uwharrie Charter’s Kayla Spencer 6-0, 6-0 in the opening round. Marion came just short of qualifying for the state championship by falling 6-0, 6-2 to No. 3 Claudia DeArment of Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy in the quarterfinals.
Tate was defeated by Bishop McGuinness’ Lindsey Bergelin, the No. 1 overall seed, 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinal match. DeArment defeated Tate 6-1, 6-1 in the consolation finals.
October 23, 2021
North Surry continued its tradition of outdoor pep rallies for state qualifiers by honoring senior golfer Trista Berrier.
The Greyhound student body made their way outside Friday afternoon to see the band playing and cheerleaders lead creative, golf-themed cheers for Berrier. Berrier qualified for the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A/2A State Championship as an individual.
“Drive it! Putt it! Sink that shot!”
Berrier is just the fourth Lady Greyhound ever to qualify for the state tournament. Berrier, along with teammate Marissa Casstevens, competed in the 1A/2A Central Regional Championship on Oct. 19. The event was held at Monroe Country Club and hosted by Union Academy.
Berrier finished with an 18-hole score of 101, scoring 50 on the front nine and 51 on the back nine. Her score was 13th overall among individuals. The top nine finishers all qualified with their respective schools.
“Trista has worked hard over the season get to where she is today. She is a very determined player and loves challenges,” said North Surry coach Johnathan Sutphin. “I know she will play with pride and make North Surry proud.”
The NCHSAA Women’s 1A/2A State Championship Golf Meet will take place Oct. 25-26 at Longleaf Golf and Family Club in Southern Pines.
October 23, 2021
THOMASVILLE – The Surry Community College volleyball team defeated Davidson-Davie Community College 3-1 on Wednesday to capture the Region 10 Western Division Championship.
The Lady Knights finished the regular season with a 24-3 overall record and a conference record of 11-1. Surry has also been ranked or received votes in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national poll the past four weeks.
Surry took the opening set 25-16 before the Storm rebounded to take the second set 25-21. The Lady Knights took a 2-1 lead with a 25-20 score in the third set before finishing the Storm off 25-19 in the decisive fourth set.
Offensively, Surry was led by outside hitter Michelle Thao (Fred T. Foard HS) with 18 kills. Camilla Garner (Southwest Guilford HS) finished with 15 kills while Colby Crater (Forbush HS) added 12 kills.
Setter Anna Stevens (Oak Grove HS) dished out a game-high 58 assists to pace the Lady Knights, while Abigail Johnson (Surry Central HS) tallied two service aces.
Surry received solid defensive play from Johnson with a game high 21 digs. Thao added 17 digs, and Natalie Eaton (North Surry HS) added 16 digs. Crater led Surry with five blocks, while Emma Freed (Starmount HS) and Lyza Addington (West Stokes HS) added four blocks each.
“I thought our offense was really balanced, but that came because our first contact in serve receive and our defense allowed us to be in system almost all night,” said Surry coach Caleb Gilley.
The Lady Knights will host the opening round of the 2021 Region 10 Division II tournament on Oct. 26. Surry welcomes Wake Tech Community College at 6:00 p.m. The winner of that match will travel to Cape Fear Community College for the tournament semifinals, with the finals scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 30.
The Region 10 tournament champion will advance to the NJCAA National Tournament in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, November 18-20.
October 23, 2021
North Surry handed Surry Central its first conference loss with Friday’s 28-14 win inside Charles Atkins Stadium.
Just seven days removed from putting up 300 yards passing in a win over North Forsyth, North Surry leaned heavily on its run game to defeat one of the school’s county rivals. The Greyhounds’ win gives North Surry its third-straight win and ends the five-game winning streak of Surry Central.
“Surry Central, man, that’s a heck of a program,” said North Surry coach Patrick Taylor. “It’s always a slobberknocker when we play them. Just a tough football game. And hats off to them. We beat a good team, and it was an upset tonight. We got on the field and proved to be the victor because we were just able to just get down and get gritty.
“And that’s what we’ve got: that Greyhound grit.”
With Surry Central giving extra attention to defending the pass as the game progressed, North Surry decided to switch things up. The Greyhounds rushed 42 times for 248 yards and three touchdowns as opposed to 157 yards passing and one passing touchdown.
Sophomore running back Jake Simmons set new career highs in carries (31) and yards rushing (203) while also scoring all three Greyhound rushing touchdowns. Simmons was able to bulldoze his way to 200+ yards behind a young offensive line consisting of Zeke Moore, Jace Hernandez, Braden Fore, Ty Gwynn and Eli Ramey.
“They gave us that five-man box tonight and we told the guys ‘We’re going to have to be really patient,’ and we got behind that offensive line,” Taylor said. “Coach Will Hodges has revolved more kids at offensive line due to injuries and youth than anybody this year. We got behind those guys and we had to put drives together.”
“This was one of those games where both groups of kids really wanted it, they just made more plays than we did,” said Central coach Monty Southern. “It’s disappointing to me, and I know it’s 10 times more disappointing for the kids. We’ve been playing really good and been on a pretty good roll…we just kind of ran into a buzzsaw tonight. I thought offensively and defensively they had great game plans and executed well.”
Time got away from the Golden Eagles (6-3) as they attempted to build a comeback. North Surry scored less than 90 seconds into the first quarter, and from there Central was fighting an uphill battle. The Eagles were able to contain North Surry’s offense after the first score and through the end of the quarter, but Central’s offense stalled and only gained 38 yards through 12 minutes of game time.
Things changed for North Surry’s offense in the second quarter. Quarterback James McCreary found Jahreece Lynch for a 13-yard gain on the first play of the quarter, then connected with Jared Hiatt for a 59-yard gain. Simmons plugged the touchdown in two plays later and made it a two-score game.
Surry Central’s offense was also rejuvenated in the second quarter. Starting on their own 30, the Eagles went 70 yards in 2:22 to cut the lead to 12-7. The drive even included Central’s longest play of the day which was a 31-yard pass from Avery Wilmoth to Logan Priddy.
Priddy went on to score the touchdown on a 1-yard run, and Wilmoth went on to throw for 83 yards in the game. Jacob Edmonds nailed the PAT to give Surry Central its seven points.
The Hounds (4-4) displayed more of the grit Taylor referenced to extend the lead to 20-13 on their next drive. Runs from Simmons and Anthony Brown, as well as a 33-yard pass from McCreary to Lynch, put the Hounds in the red zone. Just when it looked like Central might sack McCreary for a big loss, the QB escaped and threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Hiatt. Lynch converted the 2-point conversion.
Central had a chance to cut the lead to one score heading into halftime while also set to receive the second-half kickoff. The Eagles moved the chains a few times but were held up on fourth-and-4 in Greyhound territory.
North Surry chewed a minute off the clock before punting back to Central. The Eagles once again worked into North Surry’s half of the field, but turned the ball over when a fumble was recovered by North’s Moore with 10 seconds left in the half.
The Hounds went for a home run as time winded down, but McCreary’s pass was picked off by Memphis Bolatto. Bolatto leads all of North Carolina with nine interceptions this season. The Golden Eagle senior has at least one interception in seven of Central’s nine games.
The Eagles weren’t done yet, though. Central came out of halftime and scored on a 9-play, 4:27 drive that ended with Wilmoth completing a 12-yard pass to Dakota Mills. Central then forced a turnover-on-downs to regain possession.
However, the Eagles’ only moved the chains once before having to punt back to the Greyhounds.
The third quarter came to a close as North kept the ball on the ground to chew up some of the remaining clock. Simmons and Brown wore out the Surry Central defense with hopes of breaking free for a big play that would decide the game. Instead, Surry Central forced a fumble that was recovered by Golden Eagle junior Enoc Lopez.
The Eagles had momentum, but quickly lost it when a fumble was recovered by North Surry’s Kam McBride on the Surry Central 34-yard line. Lynch carried the ball to the five where Simmons would score after just two attempts. Lynch converted his second 2-point conversion to double Central’s score at 28-14.
Central had two more offensive possessions in the game, but turned the ball over on downs each time.
“Both teams played really hard, one team just played better than the other,” Southern said.
Southern hopes his team has a short memory with a lot riding on next week’s season finale at East Surry. Surry Central can earn a share of the Foothills 2A Conference Championship by defeating the unbeaten Cardinals. That would also put Central in a favorable position when playoffs rolled around the following week.
“I told the kids at the goal posts: losing stinks. Especially when you’ve been winning for a while,” Southern said. “But, the last time we lost we kind of regrouped, rebounded and came back a little bit stronger. That was my challenge to them.”
Friday’s win helps North Surry tremendously as it pertains to playoff chances. The Greyhounds can tie for second place in the conference next week with a win against North Wilkes and a Surry Central loss. Forbush will likely also tie for second in those circumstances.
“If you graduate a North Surry Greyhound and play four years at North Surry High School, you will be more than prepared for the best days and the worst days that life can throw at you,” Taylor said. “That’s what I can tell the public because we know how to fight through adversity. We were 1-4 to start the season, and now we’re 4-4. We could’ve thrown in the towel, but instead the locker room has gotten closer, we’ve gotten better and we’ve had a lot of kids step up.
“I love these guys. I love the fight. They could’ve packed up, but it shows a lot about our coaches and our kids. We don’t run when things get tough: we hunker down.”

Surry Central junior Cole Snow was carted off the field Friday after suffering an undisclosed injury in the first quarter. Southern described the situation as a “scary incident,” and extended his thanks to all those who tended Snow as he was taken for further evaluation.
“I thought the trainers and everybody involved did a great job of taking care of our kid, which was the most important thing at that time,” Southern said. “All the guys are praying for him and lifting him up.”
Scoring
Surry Central – 0, 7, 7, 0 = 14
North Surry – 6, 14, 0, 8 = 28
1Q
10:27 NSHS 6-0 – Jake Simmons 1-yard rushing TD, 2-point conversion no good
2Q
10:33 NSHS 12-0 – Jake Simmons 3-yard rushing TD, 2-point conversion no good
8:11 SCHS 12-7 – Logan Priddy 1-yard rushing TD, Jacob Edmonds PAT
5:52 NSHS 20-7 – James McCreary pass to Jared Hiatt 8-yard touchdown reception, Jahreece Lynch rush for 2-point conversion
3Q
7:33 SCHS 20-14 – Avery Wilmoth pass to Dakota Mills 12-yard touchdown reception, Jacob Edmonds PAT
4Q
8:37 NSHS 45-8 – Jake Simmons 1-yard rushing TD, Jahreece Lynch rush for 2-point conversion
October 21, 2021
The Mount Airy Bears soccer team sits at a perfect 20-0 with just over one week remaining in the regular season.
Mount Airy secured its 20th win in dominant fashion, defeating Alleghany 8-0 on Wednesday. The match also served as the Bears’ Senior Night in which four senior players were recognized: Matthew Reales, Matthew Chapman, Sergio Garcia and Noah Hart.
The Bears took 27 shots while holding Alleghany to just one. Elkin Lopez and Angel Osorno each scored twice, and Chapman, Gavin Guerrero, Jonathan Valadez and Carson Hill each scored once. All but one of Mount Airy’s goals were assisted, and that was a penalty kick scored by Chapman. Garcia and Lopez each had two assists, and Osorno, Hart and Edwin Agabo each had one.
Mount Airy is the only team in the 1A division that hasn’t lost or tied a single match this season. As impressive as the 20-0 mark is, it’s become the standard for the Granite Bears over the years.
The Bears finished last year’s COVID-shortened regular season 8-0-3 and reached the Sweet 16 of the 1A State Playoffs. After losing three senior starters from that team, the Bears returned this season and have won 20-consecutive matches for the second time in school history.
Mount Airy has outscored opponents 131-10 this season. Fourteen of the team’s 20 wins were shutouts, and the Bears have only give up multiple goals in a single game twice.
Leading the scoring effort for Mount Airy is junior Elkin Lopez. Lopez’s 38 goals and 89 points both lead the state’s 1A division and are third among all public school classifications.
Including private schools, Lopez is tied for the 51st most points and goals nationwide.
Garcia also appears in the national rankings. His 24 assists are tied for 36th in the nation including private schools. In North Carolina, Garcia leads the 1A division in assists and is tied for fourth overall in the N.C. High School Athletic Association.
Looking forward, Mount Airy’s final match of the regular season will be against Elkin on Oct. 25. A win would give the Bears a perfect 12-0 record in the Northwest 1A Conference.
October 21, 2021
WILKESBORO — East Surry moved one step closer to competing for a conference championship by defeating Wilkes Central 55-8 on Tuesday.
The Cardinals are now 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the Foothills 2A Conference with two weeks left in the regular season. East Surry is tied with Surry Central for the top spot in the conference.
East Surry got off to a hot start and never really cooled off against Wilkes Central. Playing their second game in four days, East Surry scored 28 points in the first quarter.
Colby Johnson got the ball rolling for East with a 14-yard touchdown run less than three minutes into the game. Later in the quarter, Johnson caught a 23-yard pass from Folger Boaz. Stephen Brantley knocked down the PATs on both scores to put the Cards up 14-0.
Trey Armstrong and Kyle Zinn each added 1-yard rushing touchdowns to double the lead by the end of the first quarter. Boaz threw his second touchdown of the night to night to Layton Allen to start then second quarter, then Joseph Grezmak recovered a fumble – forced by teammate Brett Clayton – for a touchdown with 6:40 left in the half.
East Surry’s final touchdowns came on a Boaz 2-yard run and a 58-yard pass from Boaz to Armstrong.
East Surry only ran six plays from scrimmage in the second half due to a running clock. No starting Cardinal players saw the field in the third or fourth quarter.
The Cardinals finished the night with 368 total yards, and 348 of those came in the first half.
Boaz finished 16-of-17 passing for 274 yards and three touchdowns. Allen led all receivers with six receptions for 83 yards and a TD, followed by Luke Brown with three catches for 60 yards, Armstrong with two catches for 60 yards and a TD, Johnson with four catches for 59 yards and a TD and Brantley with 1 catch for 12 yards.
East rushed for a season-low 94 yards but still scored four rushing touchdowns. Zinn lead the pack with four carries for 35 yards and a touchdown, followed by Boaz with four carries for 16 yards and a TD, Johnson with one carry for 14 yards and a TD, Eli Beck with two carries for 11 yards, Anderson Badgett with four carries for nine yards and Armstrong with two carries for nine yards and a touchdown.
The Cardinal defense forced four turnovers against Wilkes Central. There was the fumble forced by Clayton and scooped-and-scored by Grezmak, then Luke Bowman had two interceptions and Johnson had one.
Grezmak, Daniel Creech and Trace Tilley each had sacks in Tuesday’s game. The Cardinals also had 12 tackles for a loss. Clayton had four, Hatcher Hamm and Joshua Parker each had two, and Zinn, Grezmak, Bowman and Daniel Villasenor each had one.
Clayton led the defense with seven total tackles. Bowman, Creech and Beck each had six, and Hamm, Zinn, Tilley and Grezmak each had five.
The Cardinals look to stay undefeated on the season when they host West Wilkes (1-5, 1-4 FH2A) on Saturday, Oct. 23.
October 21, 2021
HAYS — East Surry captured the Foothills 2A Conference Tournament Championship on Wednesday by defeating Surry Central 3-0.
The Lady Cardinals’ tournament title comes after the team went 12-0 in FH2A competition to win the regular season championship.
“It’s kind of surreal right now,” said East Surry coach Katelyn Markle. Markle was named FH2A Coach of the Year for leading the team to a 22-1 overall record.
“I obviously would not have won Coach of the Year without the team that I had behind me. The senior leadership that we had this year was just incredible, and just watching these girls play is something special.”
East Surry hasn’t lost a conference tournament match since 2012. The Cardinals won seven-straight Northwest 1A Conference Tournament Championships from 2013-2019, no tournament was held in 2020 due to COVID-19, and now East Surry won the FH2A Tournament Championship.
Surry Central started to build momentum against East Surry in the second set of Wednesday’s championship, but the Cardinals were too much. East won the championship match with set scores of 25-13, 25-21 and 25-21.
“I think that we worked very hard to get to where we are, and to be in the championship match is an honor,” said Central coach Carrie Bruce. “I think that physically we were here, but mentally we were not. That’s been a struggle for us. Our mental game has been up and down all season long, and I don’t know what it is but we can’t get over that mental hump.”
Surry Central, who currently boasts an overall record of 17-6, reached the tournament championship match with 3-0 victories over Wilkes Central and West Wilkes in the first two rounds. The win over West Wilkes (25-19, 25-23, 25-19) was huge for the Lady Eagles after dropping both regular season meetings against the Blackhawks.
Surry Central was the only FH2A team to take a set from East Surry in both regular season meetings. The two teams had just faced each other on Oct. 14 in the regular season finale, a match that East Surry won 3-1.
Central was a few plays away from forcing a fifth set in that match. East Surry eventually won with set scores of 25-13, 19-25, 25-19 and 28-25.
“That was a hard loss for us. That hurt, it really did,” Bruce said. “On the flip side, I think it showed them that, ‘hey, you have this ability, you’ve just got to get through mentally’ and like I said, that mental game will eat you alive. I think that’s what took over tonight; there were too many emotions involved.”
East Surry ran away with the first set of Wednesday’s championship match thanks to a 10-2 run. The Cardinals turned a 10-8 advantage into a 20-10 lead, going on to win the set 25-13.
The Eagles managed to take an early 7-3 lead in the second set and stayed ahead until the Cards tied the score at 12-12. The Cardinals’ offense came alive for 15 kills in the second set, with sophomore Bella Hutchens hitting nine of them. Momentum shifted to East Surry and the Cards won the set 25-21.
East carried that momentum into the third set to take a 7-2 lead. A block from Kylie Bruner gave East its seventh point and had the Cardinals fans on their feet.
It would soon be time for Surry Central’s fans to go berserk as the Eagles started chipping away at the Cardinals’ 12-6 lead. Central went on a 9-1 run to turn a six-point deficit into a two-point lead at 15-13.
Multiple Eagles shined during the run. Katelyn Patterson got things going with an ace, Lainey Smith had a block, Mia McMillen had kills and Surry Central forced four Cardinal attacking errors.
The teams traded the next four points after Central’s run to make it 17-15, with the Eagles still on top. East Surry then started a 7-0 run with Kate Parks serving. Parks had three aces during the run that put East ahead 22-17. The Golden Eagles fought back to make it 23-20 and 24-21, but East closed the match with a Hutchens kill to win 25-21.
East Surry’s Kylie Bruner was named the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player. She was joined on the All-Tournament team by: Cardinal teammates Hutches, Parks and Hannah Johnston; Surry Central’s McMillen and Templeton; Forbush’s Addison Harrel; and West Wilkes’ Carson Ledford.
Playoffs
East Surry and Surry Central will both continue their seasons in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 2A State Playoffs. Tournament brackets were released Thursday afternoon.
East Surry is the No. 1 seed in the West and will host No. 32 West Lincoln (14-11). The winner of that match will face the winner of No. 16 R-S Central (17-8) and No. 17 Bandys (18-6).
“We have to keep taking things on one game at a time,” Markle said. “It’s always been a one game at a time mentality for us. We don’t look too far ahead, but we have set goals for ourselves. Right now we’re just ticking those goals off one by one.”
Surry Central is the No. 12 seed in the West and will host No. 21 East Davidson (15-5). The winner of that match will face the winner of No. 5 Brevard (16-5) and No. 28 Morehead (12-11).
“I am really proud of these girls for making it here,” Bruce said following the tournament championship. “But I don’t want this to be a defining moment for us.”
October 21, 2021
SPARTA — Moving into a new conference is never an easy thing to do, no matter the skill set of the team. This season, the Mount Airy Lady Bears volleyball team moved into the Northwest 1A Conference. They were competing against schools who they have never played before, but that did not deter the Lady Bears. On Wednesday afternoon, the Lady Bears played in the NW1A Tournament Championship against the Lady Elks of Elkin. Mount Airy put together play after play to take a three set win (25-20, 25-17, 25-22) over Elkin to become the NW1A Conference Tournament Champions.
This is Mount Airy’s first Conference Tournament Championship in volleyball since 1992.
In the first set, the Lady Elks were able to take a 2-0 lead off of a kill by Mattie Wells. Mount Airy answered back on the next rally with a kill by Amelia Radford from the strong side. Two plays later, Kinlee Reece put down a hard kill from the right side for a 2-3 score. The Lady Bears continued to gain on Elkin until they were able to tie the set 3-3 off of a kill by Sofia Stafford. Mount Airy then took a 5-4 lead with a tip by Kylie Hollingsworth. Just as Mount Airy started to get in its groove, Wells came back on the front row for Elkin and put down two kills in a row. The kills by Wells gave Elkin a 7-5 lead over Mount Airy.
The back and forth momentum continued on throughout the first set. It was not until the middle of the set that Mount Airy was able to take the lead for good. With the score tied 15-15, Hollingsworth gave the Lady Bears a 16-15 lead with a powerful kill from the middle hitter’s position. The kill was the turning point in the set, as the Lady Bears picked up their momentum and went on a three point scoring rally. Reece, Stafford, Radford, and Hollingsworth were all in on the Bears’ win, as each player had a kill for the Bears. The perfect sets by Paxton Reece propelled the Bears past Elkin to give Mount Airy a 25-20 first set win.
After taking the win in the first set, Mount Airy continued to dominate in the second set. Morgan Mayfield laid down a hard back row kill which caught the Elks off guard and gave Mount Airy a 3-0 lead. From the third point on, Mount Airy never trailed in the second set. Radford kept things going for Mount Airy with a hard kill down the line, which was then followed up with a kill by Reece. Stafford made her mark behind the service line with an ace which gave Mount Airy a 10-8 lead. In the second set Mount Airy put down eight kills, four aces, and three blocks. The combined effort from the Lady Bears was enough to give them a 25-17 second set win and a 2-0 lead over Elkin.
If people were questioning whether or not Mount Airy had enough momentum left to take a three set sweep, the answer would have came in the first two plays of the third set. Monica Bridgeman laid down a hard kill for Elkin, but just as the ball was about to hit the ground Mayfield laid out for a perfect dig. The dig went to the hands of Reece who set the ball to Radford for an outside kill down the line. This play set the tone for the rest of the set, as Mount Airy laid out for every ball. At one point in the set, Calissa Watson had three incredible digs for the Lady Bears. Mayfield proved why she was the libero for the Lady Bears, as she came up with a hard fought dig off of a shanked ball. The tenacity from Mount Airy put Elkin on their heels, and gave the Lady Bears a 24-10 lead. The final point of the set came from the strong side off of the hands of Radford. The senior outside hitter put the ball down the line for a kill, which gave Mount Airy a 25-22 third set win and a clean sweep over the Lady Elks.
Mount Airy took home the Northwest 1A Conference championship win, and also had three players named to the All-Tournament team; Kylie Hollingsworth, Morgan Mayfield, and Sofia Stafford. Stafford was also named the Most Outstanding Tournament Player.
Mount Airy (17-8) was awarded the No. 13 seed in the West for playoffs and will host No. 20 Mountain Island Charter (5-14) in the first round.
October 20, 2021
New champions were crowned at Tuesday’s Foothills 2A Conference Cross Country Championship.
All seven FH2A conference teams sent runners to the event held at Veterans Memorial Park. In the team competitions, Surry Central won the girls championship and Wilkes Central won the boys championship.
The team competition is scored based on the finish of a school’s top five times. The only teams to receive points are those that have at least five runners. North Wilkes and West Wilkes didn’t have enough runners to compete as a team in either race.
In the boys race, Wilkes Central led the way with 40 points, followed by Surry Central with 46, Forbush with 63, East Surry with 89 and North Surry with 106. In the girls race, Surry Central set the bar with 29 points, followed by Wilkes Central with 49, North Surry with 85, East Surry with 89 and Forbush with 98.
Surry Central’s Jason Bryant and Kevin Pack were named FH2A Girls Cross Country Coaches of the Year.
Surry County student-athletes occupied five of the combined six spots on the podium in both races.
For the boys it was Surry Central sophomore Ignacio Morales that finished first with a 5,000-meter run time of 17:41.67. Morales’ time at the conference championship was 17 seconds faster than the first FH2A cross country meet of the season, which also took place at Veterans Park.
Eight seconds behind Morales was East Surry senior Cooper Motsinger. Motsinger took second place with a time of 17:49.01, which was 75 seconds faster than his time in the season opener.
Morales and Motsinger were the only two runners to finish the 5,000-meter run in less than 18 minutes. Wilkes Central’s Quinn Pyke finished third with a time of 18:12.04.
North Surry senior Callie Allen won the girls individual conference championship with a time of 20:59.96. To add to her victory, this is Allen’s first year running cross country. She opened the year with a 5,000-meter time of 23:22.1, but trimmed more than two minutes off that time to win the conference title.
Surry Central had girls finish in the next two spots. Freshman Rubi Cortes-Rosa finished second with a time of 21:18.12, and sophomore Yeira Munoz took third with a time of 21:35.51.
Full results for each race are featured below. The top-10 runners in each race were given All-Conference Honors.
Boys
1 IGNACIO MORALES Surry Central 17:41.67
2 COOPER MOTSINGER East Surry 17:49.01
3 QUINN PYKE Wilkes Central 18:12.04
4 SEAN WILSON Wilkes Central 18:13.29
5 BRANGLY MAZARIEGOS Surry Central 18:40.12
6 SEBASTIAN SANCHEZ Surry Central 18:53.45
7 KALEB THORNTON Wilkes Central 19:03.44
8 RAY PELL North Surry 19:17.45
9 CHRISTIAN FURNO Forbush 19:38.38
10 JONAH KEEN Forbush 19:40.59
11 GAVYN STONE Wilkes Central 19:41.00
12 DRAKE PARKER Forbush 20:06.07
13 CHARLIE HERNANDEZ Surry Central 20:12.70
14 COOPER CAGNA Forbush 20:17.44
15 DRAKE REDMON Wilkes Central 20:21.40
16 CHARLES TALTON East Surry 20:24.10
17 MIGUEL VEGA North Surry 20:38.19
18 WESLEY FURR West Wilkes 20:55.35
19 ISAIAH PRESLAR Forbush 21:01.38
20 JAYSEN SMITH Forbush 21:03.42
21 STEPHEN MOJICA North Surry 21:13.47
22 MITCH ADAMS North Wilkes 21:19.86
23 ISAAC ELLER Surry Central 21:20.74
24 DYLAN MYERS East Surry 21:20.75
25 NICHOLAS BOGGS East Surry 21:39.35
26 JACKSON GENTRY Forbush 22:01.80
27 ALEXIS PEDRAZA Surry Central 22:02.04
28 AUSTIN RENEGAR East Surry 22:34.34
29 GABE BROCK Wilkes Central 22:34.56
30 NICK HALL Wilkes Central 22:53.85
31 LANDON KEEN Forbush 22:55.44
32 BRAYN GABRIEL-DELEON Forbush 24:01.63
33 CORBIN MCLEAN North Wilkes 24:21.92
34 ALEXANDER KAUFHOLD North Surry 24:33.44
35 CHRIS MENDOZA Forbush 24:43.06
36 INVER MUNOZ Forbush 25:10.46
37 HAYDEN DOUGLAS East Surry 25:28.06
38 SAM BENSON East Surry 26:02.48
39 ALDOFO GASPAR Wilkes Central 26:34.36
40 KAIDEN EDGAR East Surry 27:22.79
41 MAKAN HAYNES Wilkes Central 27:38.37
42 ETHAN CALHOUN North Surry 28:49.77
43 JOSEPH BOGGS East Surry 34:43.78
Girls
1 CALLIE ALLEN North Surry 20:59.96
2 RUBI CORTES-ROSA Surry Central 21:18.12
3 YEIRA MUNOZ Surry Central 21:35.51
4 FAITH REEVES Wilkes Central 21:38.47
5 ABIGAIL HERNANDEZ Surry Central 22:00.32
6 PEYTON GAGE Wilkes Central 22:12.62
7 LANIE FITZGERALD Surry Central 22:18.25
8 NATALIE MATHIS North Wilkes 22:31.22
9 ADDISON GOINS East Surry 22:35.69
10 ISABELLE CURRY Wilkes Central 22:53.66
11 WEATHERLY REEVES North Surry 22:54.18
12 ARI REDIES Wilkes Central 23:04.46
13 ANDREA GONZALEZ Surry Central 23:36.02
14 RYLEE KITER Forbush 23:49.76
15 ELLA PRIDDY Surry Central 24:17.01
16 JOANNA PARKER East Surry 24:32.58
17 CHEZNEY NORMAN Forbush 24:50.21
18 WENDY CANTOR Surry Central 25:43.61
19 LORENA MENDOZA Forbush 25:54.70
20 KAELYN TWIGGS Wilkes Central 26:10.66
21 KRISSA WHALEN West Wilkes 26:24.94
22 AYLIN SOTO Surry Central 26:48.38
23 ISABELLA WYATT North Wilkes 26:52.10
24 LILLY BRINKLEY East Surry 27:11.54
25 LESLIE DELEON Forbush 27:16.27
26 KAMRYN TALTON East Surry 27:30.52
27 ANNA WHITAKER North Surry 27:40.51
28 MORGAN BRYANT East Surry 27:46.56
29 NYDIA CABRERA North Surry 28:09.49
30 ISABEL DELFIN North Surry 29:23.62
31 TAYLOR BARLOW Wilkes Central 30:02.17
32 CLAIRE HULL East Surry 31:07.32
33 CAROLINE HUFFMAN West Wilkes 31:39.44
34 MADY HOOVER West Wilkes 31:39.50
35 YASMIN PEREZ Wilkes Central 34:46.86
36 HALEY QUATE Forbush 39:07.37
37 BROOKE ROEMER Wilkes Central 42:59.67
October 19, 2021
ROCK HILL, S.C. — Surry Central graduate Nolan McMillen recently made headlines for his contributions to the Mars Hill soccer program.
McMillen, a 2020 graduate of Surry Central High School, was named AstroTurf Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week by the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) for the week of Oct. 3-9. McMillen’s teammate, Sebastian Bertilsson, was named Offensive Player of the Week for the same week.
The SAC’s announcement stated: “McMillen, a sophomore from Dobson, N.C., was instrumental in Mars Hill’s two victories last week. In addition to leading the defensive unit, McMillen assisted on a goal against Lees-McRae and scored [his] first career goal and the game-winner versus Coker. He finished the week with a goal and an assist for three points.”
McMillen is the first Mars Hill player to be named SAC Player of the Week this season. The conference, which competes in the NCAA’s Division II, consists of 14 schools from North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina and Tennessee.
A four-year member of the varsity soccer team at Surry Central, McMillen was honored on the Western Piedmont 2A All-Conference Team three times, the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association’s All-Region team three times and the All-State team twice.
October 19, 2021
DOBSON — Surry Central picked up its fifth consecutive win of the 2021 season by defeating North Wilkes 45-20 on Friday.
The Golden Eagles’ winning streak is the team’s longest since the 2016 team won seven straight. Central is now 6-2 on the season overall and 4-0 in the Foothills 2A Conference. Every FH2A team has at least two conference losses except for Central and 3-0 East Surry.
Surry Central’s offense spread the love on Senior Night. The Eagles had four different players score rushing touchdowns and two different receivers catch touchdown receptions. Defensively, the Eagles had 11 tackles for a loss, a pair of pass break-ups and an interception.
A monumental second quarter helped the Eagles run away with the game. The score was tied at 7-7 after one quarter of play, with Central’s Karson Crouse scoring on a 5-yard rush with 4:39 on the clock and Jacob Edmonds nailing the PAT. Crouse led the Eagles with 16 carries for 108 yards for his fourth game this season of at least 100 yards rushing.
Edmonds finished 6-of-6 on PATs in Friday’s game in addition to a record-breaking field goal late in the game.
Central scored on the first play of the second quarter to take the lead. Quarterback Avery Wilmoth connected with Dakota Mills for a 30-yard touchdown pass. Not even three minutes later, Wilmoth called his own number to run in a 35-yard touchdown.
Golden Eagle freshman Brian Williams scored his second career rushing touchdown to make increase the lead to 28-7. Williams punched in a 12-yard rush with 1:56 left in the half. Central quickly regained possession and scored again before halftime, with Wilmoth completing an 8-yard pass to Memphis Bolatto this time.
North Wilkes continued to struggle offensively in the third quarter, allowing Surry Central to continue growing its lead. Dante Watson scored on a 6-yard rush to make it 42-7 with 5:27 left in the third quarter.
Surry Central’s final three points came with 11:08 left in the fourth quarter. Edmonds capped off his senior night by setting a new school record for the longest made field goal. Edmonds knocked down a 47-yarder to round out the Eagles’ 45 points.
North Wilkes managed to score two late touchdowns when Central pulled its starters to round out the 45-20 final score.
Surry Central finished the game with 310 total yards thanks to 231 yards rushing and 79 yards passing. Crouse had nearly half the teams carries with 16. Wilmoth was next with seven carries for 46 yards, followed by Watson with five carries for 37 yards, Williams with two carries for 36 yards and Lucas Johnson, Mason Jewell and Logan Priddy combined to rush three times for six yards.
Wilmoth’s 79 yards passing came on five completions. Mills had two receptions for 43 yards, Priddy had two receptions for 27 yards and Bolatto had one reception for nine yards.
Bolatto also grabbed his eighth interception of the year in Friday’s game. He currently leads the state with the most interceptions of any player, regardless of division, and is tied for the sixth-most interceptions in the nation.
Crouse led the Eagles with 14 total tackles against the Vikings. Clay Whitaker and Kade Norman each had 10, Blake Edwards had eight, Mills had seven and Watson had eight.
Norman led the team with 3.0 tackles for a loss, followed by Edwards with 2.0 and Ayden Wilmoth, Avery Wilmoth, Reid Danley, Enoc Lopez, Andres Gonzalez and Bolatto with 1.0 each.
Surry Central looks to keep its undefeated conference record alive on Friday when the team travels to North Surry (3-4, 2-2 FH2A).
October 19, 2021
DOBSON – The Surry Community volleyball team sent out their sophomore class in style on Oct. 14.
Prior to Thursday’s match against Southwest Virginia Community College, the Surry athletic department honored the team’s eight sophomore players: Abigail Johnson (Surry Central HS), Jordyn Coe (Surry Central HS), Kalie Mabe (Mount Airy HS), Natalie Eaton (North Surry HS), Abby Walker (West Stokes HS), Lyza Addington (West Stokes HS), Blakeleigh Goldbach (West Stokes HS) and Colby Crater (Forbush HS).
“These sophomores have meant so much to our program,” stated Surry head coach Caleb Gilley. “Their commitment and dedication has led to the success that we have had this season. They will always be a special group.”
The Lady Knights went on to defeat SVCC 3-0 with set scores of 25-15, 25-16 and 25-23. The team is 23-3 overall this season and 10-1 in conference.
Surry Community closes its season on Oct. 20 at Davidson-Davie Community College.
October 19, 2021
North Surry battled former Western Piedmont Conference foe North Forsyth on Friday and came out on top 34-27.
The Greyhounds (3-4) went for more than 400 yards of total offense to win its second straight game for the first time this season. North Surry hopes to carry that momentum forward for the last two weeks of the season in an attempt to make the 2A State Playoffs.
North Surry had its best passing performance of the season against North Forsyth. Quarterback James McCreary completed 13-of-22 passes for 308 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. McCreary’s favorite target was fellow junior Jahreece Lynch, who caught seven passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns.
Tight end Jared Hiatt added an 80-yard touchdown reception, Talan Vernon had two catches for 13 yards, Trevor Isaacs had one catch for three yards and Jake Simmons had two catches for a loss of eight yards.
Simmons led the ground game with 18 carries for 83 yards. McCreary and Lynch each had one carry, and the duo combined for 33 yards to bring North’s total yardage up to 425 yards.
The high-scoring game nearly went scoreless through the first quarter. Each team had empty possessions before Lynch had the Hounds’ first score of the day. With less than 30 seconds left in the quarter, Lynch caught a short pass from McCreary and took it close to 60 yards for the touchdown.
The Vikings came close to tying the game up in the second quarter, but it was Lynch who picked the quarterback off near the goal line. Lynch returned the interception 99 yards for his second touchdown of the day.
North Forsyth got on the board with 5:14 left in the first half, but North Surry countered with another big play. McCreary connected with Lynch for a 50-yard touchdown pass to score with 39 seconds left in the half. Jovanni Flores hit his third PAT of the game to make it 21-6.
McCreary found Hiatt for an 80-yard touchdown out of halftime to make it 27-6.
North Forsyth battled back with two touchdowns in the third quarter. The 21-point game was cut to one possession at the end of the third quarter and tied up in the fourth.
The Greyhound defense managed to contain the Vikings’ top receiver on a potential game-winning drive to give North Surry a chance at the lead. McCreary found Lynch on a slant route and it was game over from there. Lynch navigated through traffic to find the end zone with 1:30 left in the game.
North Forsyth threatened to tie or potentially win the game when the Greyhounds were called for pass interference as time expired. The Vikings were awarded one final play with no time on the clock, but the Hounds sacked the North Forsyth QB to end the game.
North Surry is currently 2-2 in the Foothills 2A Conference with two weeks left in the season. The Hounds host Surry Central (6-2, 4-0 FH2A) on Friday before traveling to North Wilkes (2-5, 1-3) on Oct. 29.
October 19, 2021
RONDA — It was a tale of two halves as Mount Airy defeated East Wilkes 45-6 on Monday night.
East Wilkes held the Bears to their fewest first-half points of any game this season (19). The Cardinals also became the only team this season to put points on the board against Mount Airy in the first half.
The Granite Bears rebounded in the second half, holding the Cardinals to just 58 yards of total offense and forcing three East Wilkes turnovers. Mount Airy’s offense scored on four of its five second half possessions without turning the ball over once.
Mount Airy (8-0, 4-0 NW1A) controls its own destiny in the Northwest 1A Conference. With Monday’s win, the Bears are the only team still undefeated in the conference. Only one team, Starmount, has just one conference loss. The Granite Bears can clinch a share of the conference title with a win over Elkin on Friday, or can win the title outright by winning their last two games or with a Starmount loss.
Both East Wilkes (4-5, 2-3 NW1A) and Mount Airy relied heavily on the run game on Monday. East Wilkes finished the night with 183 total yards, consisting of 67 yards passing and 116 yards rushing. Mount Airy finished with 372 total yards, consisting of 46 yards passing and 326 yards rushing.
The Bears had two players rush for 100+ yards: sophomore’s Tyler Mason and Caleb Reid. Reid racked up 124 yards and scored a touchdown all before the first quarter ended, going on to record nine carries for 133 yards. Mason took over in the second quarter and finished with 152 yards and four touchdowns on 11 carries. Quarterback Ian Gallimore added seven carries for 39 yards and a pair of touchdowns, as well as all 46 yards passing on 4-of-8 attempts.
Mount Airy started strong by scoring on just its second play from scrimmage. Reid started the game with an 18-yard rush, then followed with a 55-yard touchdown run. The Bears quickly regained possession by forcing a three-and-out, which featured Deric Dandy picking up Mount Airy’s first sack of the night.
Mount Airy moved into Cardinal territory after the punt, but a fumble by Mason was recovered by East’s Tristian Alkire. The Cardinals two biggest weapons on the ground during Monday’s game, Briggs Gentry and Brody Martin, moved the chains to put their team in the red zone late in the first quarter.
The Bears made two touchdown-saving tackles in the first half of Monday’s game. The first came on this drive when Gentry broke free for a 39-yard gain. A shoestring tackle from Zeb Stroup put East Wilkes at the Bears 7-yard line.
A tackle for a loss and sack from Camron Webster forced East Wilkes to settle for a field goal. Hank Porter split the uprights from 30 yards out to close the gap to 6-3.
Mount Airy’s next drive saw East Wilkes force third-and-10 after two Gallimore incompletions. The Bears called a timeout to draw up a play for third down, and it paid off. Mason ran 21 yards and Walker Stroup converted the PAT to make it 13-3.
East Wilkes kept the ball out of Mount Airy’s hands in the second quarter with a 13-play drive that chewed 7:40 off the game clock. Martin, who rushed 13 times for 38 yards and aded a 34 yards receiving, started the drive in Bears territory after returning a kickoff to the Mount Airy 45. The junior was finally dragged down by Mount Airy’s Blake Hawks.
Nic Isom forced third-and-10 by sacking Gentry, but a pass interference call on the Bears allowed East Wilkes’ possession to continue. The Cards made it all the way to the 4-yard line, but were stopped from reaching the end zone. Porter converted a 21-yard field goal to cut the lead to seven.
Mason had 45 yards rushing on the next Bears possession alone. Combining Mason’s carries and one from Reid, Mount Airy went 64 yards on four plays to go up 19-6.
East started its next drive with the longest passing play by either team all night. Gentry found Martin in the middle for a 34-yard gain. Martin broke free the very next play and ran 19 yards before Dandy, already on the ground, tripped up Martin and made the team’s second touchdown-saving tackle of the half.
East Wilkes ended up inside the 10-yard line once again, but a tackle by Zeb Stroup pushed the Cards back five yards. A short run from Weston Brown and an incomplete pass from Gentry put the Cardinals at fourth-and-goal on the 14 with six seconds left in the half. Bears coach J.K. Adkins iced Porter twice and it worked, as the field goal try sailed wide left.
The Bears tried to run a play with one second left on the clock, but it ended with East’s Kole Lambert sacking Gallimore.
The Cardinals looked to have momentum on their side entering the second half. However, East immediately faced a three-and-out after receiving the second-half kickoff.
Mount Airy took over near midfield and made it into Cardinal territory soon after. Once on East Wilkes’ defensive half, Gallimore completed a 19-yard pass to Stroup to get inside the red zone. A flag on East after the play moved the spot inside the 10-yard line, and Gallimore ran it in himself the very next play.
Things snowballed in the Bears favor from there. Gentry was picked off by Zeb Stroup just three plays into the next Cardinal drive, and Mason only needed one play to find the end zone and increase the lead to 32-6.
Gentry was sacked by Reece Deaton on the next drive, then nearly picked off by Hawks before the Cardinals punted away without a single first down in the third quarter. The East Wilkes defense did force three plays of negative yardage to get the ball back, but then Martin was intercepted again by Stroup.
Mason ran back-to-back plays to score his fourth touchdown of the night and increase the lead to 38-6 after a missed PAT.
The Granite Bears intercepted Martin a third time to set up their final touchdown of the game, with Payten Fonville picking off Gentry this time. Gallimore completed his longest pass of the evening to Mason for 22 yards, and a penalty on East Wilkes put the Bears in the red zone.
Gallimore called his own number for a 10-yard run with 6:12 remaining. Walker Stroup’s PAT made it 45-6.
East Wilkes used the remaining time to move into Mount Airy territory, but time expired before the Cardinals could add any more points.
Mount Airy has outscored opponents 401-18 this season, and no one opponent has scored more than six points on the Granite Bears. The Bears are also sixth in the state among all classifications with an average of 50.1 points per game.
Mount Airy hosts Elkin (3-4, 2-2 NW1A) on Friday before traveling to Alleghany (2-5, 1-3 NW1A) on Oct. 29.
East Wilkes is off this week, but will host Starmount (4-4, 3-1 NW1A) on Oct. 29.
Scoring
Mount Airy – 6, 13,13, 13 = 45
East Wilkes – 3, 3, 0, 0 = 6
1Q
11:04 MAHS 0-6 – Caleb Reid 55-yard rushing TD, PAT no good
2:39 EWHS 3-6 – Hank Porter 30-yard field goal
2Q
11:30 MAHS 3-13 – Tyler Mason 21-yard rushing TD, Walker Stroup PAT
3:50 EWHS 6-13 – Hank Porter 21-yard field goal
1:22 MAHS 3-19 – Tyler Mason 4-yard rushing TD, PAT no good
3Q
6:10 MAHS 6-25 – Ian Gallimore 9-yard rushing TD, PAT no good
5:07 MAHS 6-32 – Tyler Mason 24-yard rushing TD, Walker Stroup PAT
4Q
8:20 MAHS 6-38 – Tyler Mason 29-yard rushing TD, PAT no good
6:12 MAHS 6-45 – Ian Gallimore 9-yard rushing TD, Walker Stroup PAT
October 16, 2021
The Mount Airy volleyball team honored seven seniors prior to Thursday’s match against Alleghany.
The Bears’ senior class includes: Emma Hawks, Calissa Watson, Paxton Reece, Gracie Butcher, Amelia Radford, Sofia Stafford and Kylie Hollingsworth.
The seniors helped Mount Airy finish the season strong with a 3-0 win over the visiting Trojans, with set scores of 27-25, 25-20 and 25-19. The win redeemed a conference loss to Alleghany earlier in the season.
Mount Airy and Alleghany each went 9-3 in the Northwest 1A Conference to tie for second place. The tiebreaker went to the Trojans, who will be the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament beginning Oct. 18.
No. 2 Alleghany faces No. 7 North Stokes in the first round, and No. 3 Mount Airy faces No. 6 Starmount. The winner of those matches will play Oct. 19 in the semifinals.
The top half of the bracket has No. 4 East Wilkes facing No. 5 South Stokes. The winner of that match will face No. 1 Elkin in the other semifinal match.
All NW1A Tournament matches will take place at Alleghany High School.
October 16, 2021
North Surry’s varsity volleyball team capped off the regular season with a 3-0 win over North Wilkes.
Thursday’s match served as Senior Night for four Greyhound student-athletes: Laneé Kyle, Micah Felts, Carley Puckett and Bella Jones. The senior girls led North Surry to set wins of 25-20, 26-24 and 25-20 in the regular season finale.
With the win over North Wilkes, North Surry finishes the regular season 5-7 in the Foothills 2A Conference. This puts the Greyhounds as the No. 4 seed in the FH2A tournament that begins Monday, Oct. 18.
No. 4 North Surry hosts No. 5 Forbush on Monday. The winner will go to face No. 1 East Surry on Tuesday in the semifinals, and the winner of that match will compete the next night in the championship match. Both the semifinals and finals matches will take place at North Wilkes High School.
October 16, 2021
DOBSON — East Surry completed its first conference season in the 2A division with an spotless 12-0 record.
The Lady Cardinals defeated Surry Central Thursday to cap off its undefeated streak in the Foothills 2A Conference. East secured the FH2A Regular Season Championship earlier in the week by defeating West Wilkes 3-0. West Wilkes finished second in the conference with a 10-2 record, followed by Surry Central at 8-4 and North Surry at 5-7.
Surry Central (15-5 overall) was the only FH2A team to take a set from East Surry in each meeting this season. The Golden Eagles came within a few points of going five sets with the Cardinals, with East winning Thursday’s match with set scores of 25-13, 19-25, 25-19 and 28-26.
Each set was a different battle between and East and Central. The Lady Cardinals came out swinging in the opening set with 14 kills, led by sophomore outside hitter Bella Hutchens with seven. The Eagles only scored back-to-back points once in the first set at the Cardinals won by 12 points.
The Eagles were able to shift momentum in their favor in the second set. The Cardinals were held to just seven kills while Central’s Jaylyn Templeton, Mia McMillen and Lainey Smith combined for 10 in the set. The trio finished with 27 of the Eagles’ 31 total kills.
East Surry was also plagued by service errors early on. The Cardinals committed a combined nine service errors in the first and second sets, which Central took advantage of to win the second set 25-19.
After the score was tied just two times in the first two sets, East and Central were tied up seven times in the third set before one team could take a clear lead. The Cardinals did so with a 7-1 run behind senior Kylie Bruner’s attacks. East led from this point on in the set, winning 25-19 to take a 2-1 set advantage.
Surry Central’s longest scoring streak of the night turned a 2-1 East Surry lead into a 9-3 one for the Eagles. Erica Coe set the pace with her serving, and McMillen and Carlee Jones placed strategic attacks to build the lead.
East Surry slowly battled back and tied the score at 11-11, but couldn’t overtake Central. A Templeton kill made it 21-17 for the home team as a third set seemed imminent.
Hutchens recorded a kill to make it 21-18, then had an ace at the service line to make it a two-point game. Central committed an attack error then an error receiving Hutchens’ serve to tie the score at 21. Central called a timeout, but the Cardinals took the lead 22-21 anyway.
Templeton got a block for Central to tie the score at 22, then an East Surry attack error put the Eagles up one. The teams traded kills, with Templeton and McMillen hitting for Central and Hutchens and Clara Willard doing so for East Surry.
Surry Central led 25-24 when a service error was committed. East took a one-point lead after Merry Parker Boaz had a big kill. McMillen tied things up at 26 with a kill, but another service error by Central put East Surry up one. The match ended when Central was called for a net violation.
Hutchens led all players with 17 kills. Bruner was next on the Cardinals with 11, followed by Boaz and Kate Parks with five, Lily Watson with two, and Willard and Hannah Johnston with one each.
McMillen led the Eagles with 14 kills, followed by Templeton with eight, Smith with five, Jones with two, and Marissa McCann and Katie O’Neal with one each.
The Eagles and Cardinals may potentially meet for a third time next week in the FH2A Conference Tournament. No. 3 Surry Central will play No. 6 Wilkes Central. No. 1 East Surry has a first-round BYE and will play the winner of No. 4 North Surry and No. 5 Forbush.
October 16, 2021
EAST BEND — Walking off the field following the post-game huddle, East Surry coach Trent Lowman joked that he almost forgot what it was like to have a football game.
East Surry came into Friday’s game at Forbush having not played a game in three weeks. COVID protocol and a BYE week put the Cardinals’ season on hold at 5-0, with the last game played taking place Sept. 24 at North Surry.
Both teams came into Friday’s game still in contention for the Foothills 2A Conference Championship. The game looked to be a shootout from the beginning, but the Cardinals shut down the Falcons’ run game in the second half to win the game 40-14.
“We were a little rough in certain areas, but I thought our guys did really, really well to have that much time off,” Lowman said. “Not only did we not play, we did not practice for nine days. Just trying to let everything settle and make sure everybody was healthy so we could safely come back. I missed the kids and I missed the routine of it.”
East Surry’s balanced offense delivered points on six of the team’s first seven possessions. This includes all four possessions in the first half.
The Cardinals (6-0, 3-0 FH2A) finished with 362 total yards to the Falcons’ 231. East Surry’s total yardage consisted of 157 yards passing and 205 yards rushing. All six of the Cards’ touchdowns were scored on the ground; Trey Armstrong had four and Folger Boaz had two.
Folger Boaz completed 14-of-16 passes for his 157 yards. Both incompletions were dropped passes. Layton Allen and Colby Johnson each had six catches, with Allen going for 62 yards and Johnson 61. Armstrong had one catch for 18 yards, and Stephen Brantley had one reception for 16 yards.
Armstrong led the ground game with 14 carries for 102 yards and four touchdowns, while Boaz had seven carries for 54 yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns. Anderson Badgett had four carries for 12 yards, Lindann Fleming had three carries for 10 yards, Brett Clayton had two carries for 21 yards and Allen had one carry for 6 yards.
“Offensively, I thought we clicked better tonight than we did the last game we played, honestly,” Lowman said. “We played pretty sloppy in the last game, assignment-wise, and I thought tonight we cleaned a lot of that up.”
Forbush’s offense leaned heavily on running backs Luke Bennett and Derek Matthews. The pair combined to rush 38 times for 166 yards and two touchdowns, while the rest of the Falcons only rushed for a combined 21 yards.
The Falcons only attempted eight passes, and four were completed for 44 yards receiving.
After East Surry scored on the game’s opening drive, Forbush fired back with an 11-play drive that covered 80 yards and took 4:22 of game time. East Surry’s next drive spilled into the second quarter and ended with Armstrong’s second rushing TD.
Not to be outdone, Forbush’s second drive lasted 14 plays and 5:25 of game time. The drive ended with Matthews scoring on a 4-yard run and David Guadarrama nailing the PAT. East Surry started relying more on the run on its next drive, which ended with Armstrong scoring his third rushing touchdown of the day and Brantley hitting his third PAT.
Just as the game started to look like it might come down to who got the ball last, East Surry’s Isaiah Arrington stuffed Bennett on a third down to force a Forbush punt. East Surry started on its own 47 and only needed four plays to find the endzone. Boaz passed to Armstrong and Johnson, then Armstrong put the Cards inside the Forbush 10 and Boaz finished the drive with a 9-yard touchdown run.
East Surry went into halftime up 28-14.
Forbush received the second-half kickoff but was only able to move the chains once. The Falcons lined up to punt, but it was blocked and recovered by East’s Luke Bowman*. A facemask call on Forbush moved East Surry to the Falcons’ 9-yard line. Boaz scored two plays later.
The Falcons’ rushed 22 times for 145 yards on their first two drives, and both ended with touchdowns. After those two drives, Forbush was held to 42 yards rushing on 25 attempts and no scores.
“What they (Forbush) do on offense is a pain in the butt to defend,” Lowman said. “Once we got used to it I thought our guys adjusted well, and battled and did a really good job.”
East Surry’s time of possession in the third quarter was 2:09 to Forbush’s 9:51. The difference was that East Surry scored twice in that time while the Falcons were held scoreless. Boaz ran the first touchdown of the second half in two plays after Brown’s punt block, then Armstrong scored one play removed from a Kyle Zinn interception that was returned to the Falcons’ 8-yard line.
Of Forbush’s five second-half possessions, one ended with a blocked punt, one ended with Zinn’s interception and the remaining three ended with a turnover-on-downs.
Brett Clayton led East’s defense with 14 total tackles and two tackles for a loss. Joseph Grezmak added 11 total tackles and four TFL, Joshua Parker had 10 total tackles and one TFL and Zinn had nine total tackles, one TFL and an interception.
“You wonder and worry a little bit about how you’ll perform with as much time off as we had,” Lowman said. “But coming off this and having to turn around and play quick, I’m really pleased with what our guys did.”
East Surry continues FH2A play on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at Wilkes Central.
Scoring
East Surry – 7, 21, 12, 0 = 40
Forbush – 7, 7, 0, 0 = 14
1Q
7:57 ESHS 0-7 – Trey Armstrong 1-yard rushing TD, Stephen Brantley PAT
3:25 FHS 7-7 – Luke Bennett 20-yard rushing TD, David Guadarrama PAT
2Q
11:54 ESHS 7-14 – Trey Armstrong 6-yard rushing TD, Stephen Brantley PAT
6:29 FHS 14-14 – Derek Matthews 20-yard rushing TD, David Guadarrama PAT
3:38 ESHS 14-21 – Trey Armstrong 19-yard rushing TD, Stephen Brantley PAT
0:45 ESHS 14-28 – Folger Boaz 9-yard rushing TD, Stephen Brantley PAT
3Q
7:40 ESHS 14-34 – Folger Boaz 4-yard rushing TD, PAT no good
1:54 ESHS 14-40 – Trey Armstrong 8-yard rushing TD, PAT no good

*Correction – This article incorrectly credited East Surry junior Luke Brown with a punt block and recovery. It has now been corrected to East Surry senior Luke Bowman.
October 15, 2021
DOBSON — The Foothills 2A Conference held its Conference Tournament for girls tennis on Thursday.
All seven FH2A schools sent representatives to Surry Central High for the Singles and Doubles Championships. The conference also recognized the 2021-22 Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and Regular Season Champions.
East Surry High School was awarded the FH2A Championship after finishing 12-0 in conference play. The Cardinals also received the awards for Player and Coach of the Year.
Alison Hooker was named Coach of the Year. East Surry’s top-seeded singles player, Tara Martin, was named Player of the Year. Martin finished 13-0 in both singles and doubles during the regular season.
Martin teamed with fellow East Surry junior Evelyn Ruedisueli to win the FH2A Doubles Title. Martin and Ruedisueli defeated Surry Central’s Rachel Carter and Ellen Bryant 6-4, 6-4 in the Championship match.
West Wilkes’ Kendall Stanley won the FH2A Singles Championship.
Seven Surry County student-athletes received All-Conference Honors and qualified for the 2A Regional Tournament: East Surry’s Martin, Ruedisueli and Rosie Craven; Surry Central’s Carter and Bryant; North Surry’s Katie Butler and Whitley Hege.
Surry Central’s Karlie Robertson was named an All-Conference Honorable Mention.
Doubles
Martin and Ruedisueli were given the No. 1 overall seed thanks to a 10-0 record as a team. The pair were given a first-round BYE, then defeated North Wilkes’ Sarah Gambill and Beth Settle 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals.
Martin and Ruedisueli topped the No. 4-ranked team of Forbush’s Emma Sorrell and Zaylay St. John in the semifinals.
On the other side of the bracket was the team of Bryant and Carter, ranked No. 2 overall with a regular season record of 10-2. The pair of Eagles’ only doubles losses were against East Surry.
Bryant and Carter also earned a first-round BYE, then defeated Forbush’s Salem Parker and Katie Starling in the quarterfinals 6-0, 6-2.
Bryant and Carter took on another familiar foe in the semifinals: North Surry’s Hege and Butler, who were ranked No. 3 overall. The two Eagles won both matches against their Greyhound counterparts during the regular season and extended that streak into the postseason by winning 6-3, 6-0.
East’s Martin and Ruedisueli completed the season sweep of Bryant and Carter 6-4, 6-4 to win the doubles crown. The win marks the duo’s second conference championship as a team. Both teams will compete in the 2A Regional Tournament.
Hege and Butler also qualified for regionals by reaching the semifinals. Hege and Butler beat the No. 14-ranked team of Wilkes Central’s LilyKate Young and Breanna Hemric 8-0 in the first round, and defeated the No. 6-ranked North Wilkes team of Allie Billings and Mallie Carson 6-1, 6-3 in quarterfinals.
The three Surry Co. schools had three other doubles team compete in the conference tournament and fall in the first round:
• No. 9 Sarah Gambill and Beth Settle (North Wilkes) def. No. 8 Molly Reeves and Allyn-Claire Simmons (North Surry) 8-1
• No. 5 Meagan Black and Caroline Langston (Wilkes Central) def. No. 12 Madelyn Wilmoth and Priscilla Gentry (Surry Central) 8-5
• No. 6 Billings/Carson (North Wilkes) def. No. 11 Haley Chilton and Brianna Whitaker (East Surry) 8-4
Singles
Two Surry County athletes advanced past the first round of the Singles Tournament: Craven and Robertson.
Rosie Craven, who was 9-3 in singles as East Surry’s primary No. 3 seed, qualified for Regionals by reaching the semifinals. Craven was the No. 4 overall ranked player in the singles bracket.
Craven defeated No. 13 Brooke Settle of North Wilkes 8-2 in the opening round. Craven then took down Wilkes Central’s Riley Cearly, who played No. 1 singles for the Eagles, in the quarterfinals with a score of 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.
Craven won the first set of the semifinals 6-4 over West Wilkes’ Kendall Stanley, the No. 1-ranked player in the singles bracket. Stanley rallied back to win the second and third sets 6-0, 6-2 to reach the championship match.
Stanley went on to win the singles championship by defeating Forbush’s Caroline Myers in the finals.
Surry Central’s Karlie Robertson was also eliminated by Stanley, falling 6-0, 6-1 in the quarterfinals. Robertson reached the second round by defeating Forbush’s Lauren Rockett 9-8 (7-3).
Robertson went 11-1 during the regular season as Surry Central’s No. 4 seed.
The three Surry Co. schools had four other players compete in the singles bracket and fall in the first round:
No. 11 Taylor Wood (North Wilkes) def. No. 6 McKenna Merritt (Surry Central) 8-2
No. 7 Ivy Bledsoe (West Wilkes) def. No. 10 Clara Burke (North Surry) 8-4
No. 5 Riley Cearly (Wilkes Central) def. No. 12 Jacey Ward (North Surry) 8-1
No. 3 Carol Vasquez (Wilkes Central) def. No. 14 Kimberly Whitaker (East Surry) 8-3




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